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 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:
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.
You may have gingivitis or periodontal disease if your gums are:
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.
Your risk for gingivitis is higher if you:
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.