Gingivitis Specialist

Midtown Dental Care

Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Have you noticed blood on your toothbrush or dental floss? If so, you may have gingivitis, an infection in your gums that should be treated by the dental professionals at Midtown Dental Care in Manhattan, New York, to prevent periodontitis and possible tooth loss. If you suspect you may have gingivitis and you live in the Greater New York area — including Queens, Rego Park, Manhattan, and New York City — book an appointment online or call Midtown Dental Care.

Gingivitis Q & A

Midtown Dental Care

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that usually occurs because you didn’t brush or floss adequately enough to remove plaque from your teeth and gums. It doesn't lead to a severe infection as long as it’s caught and treated in time.

If you don’t treat gingivitis, it can lead to periodontitis (disease of the gums, teeth, and bone), as well as potentially life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Lung disease
  • Premature or low birth weight babies

What causes gingivitis?

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth after meals, you may develop gingivitis. Brushing and flossing remove plaque — a sticky film made up of bacteria. When plaque stays on your teeth, it hardens into crusty brown tartar. The tartar protects bacteria, allowing them to attack your gums and teeth.

Over time, the accumulation of plaque and tartar irritate your gums, causing inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s way of trying to rid itself of bacteria.

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

You may have gingivitis or periodontal disease if your gums are:

  • Inflamed or swollen
  • Bleeding
  • Red
  • Dark
  • Tender
  • Painful
  • Receding

You may not notice any bleeding until you brush or floss your teeth. Sometimes, gingivitis occurs when you miss a few days of flossing. If the condition doesn’t resolve within a day or two of resuming a healthy brushing and flossing habit, see your Midtown Dental Care dentist.

What are the risk factors for gingivitis?

Your risk for gingivitis is higher if you:

  • Use tobacco products
  • Are older
  • Have dry mouth
  • Are malnourished or lack vitamin C
  • Have an autoimmune disorder, such as HIV/AIDs
  • Are on drugs for heart conditions and other disorders
  • Have fluctuating hormones
  • Have a family history of gingivitis

What are the treatments for gingivitis?

Your Midtown Dental Care dentist treats gingivitis by removing all plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth with a professional cleaning.

Your dentist may use a scaling procedure to remove tartar and bacteria from underneath your gums. You may also need root planing, which removes bacteria from your tooth roots and smooths them out, so they are less susceptible to infection.

You can avoid gingivitis by maintaining good dental habits, including regular brushing, flossing, and a biannual cleaning at Midtown Dental Care. Call now or book an appointment online.

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