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The Diagnosis – Gingivitis!

The Diagnosis – Gingivitis!
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

Read The Diagnosis – Gingivitis! by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. to learn more about Grove Smiles® Dentistry and our Dentistry office in Coconut Grove, FL.

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You finally have made it – nerves and all. The dental chair still feels the same whether you are four or forty. The tray of dental tools, the smell and of course the fear of bleeding everywhere. Yikes! worse yet, your teeth falling out.
Your mind is racing with, “Did I brush enough?” and “I know I should have flossed more.” But in the end, you made it. Now comes the progress review from you dentist. Your dentist smiles softly but seriously and tells you that you have gingivitis.

In your mind, you know that you have heard the word gingivitis, but now it is used to describe a condition you have and your mind races again with, “What is gingivitis? Is it serious? Is it treatable?”

Understanding Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums characterized by gum irritation, redness, swelling and sometimes bleeding.

The symptoms of gingivitis are relatively mild and can even be painless.

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal, or gum disease, and should be taken seriously. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to full-blown gum disease, which can lead to receding and damaged gums as well as bone and tooth loss.

Why Do I Have Gingivitis?

Gingivitis most often is the result of poor oral hygiene. When the plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing, the bacteria-filled plaque hardens and turns into what is called tartar. Plaque and tartar buildup around the gum line cause gum irritation and inflammation or, in other words, gingivitis.

Poor hygiene is not the only culprit of gingivitis. Other factors that may contribute to the development of gingivitis can be hormonal changes (especially for expectant mothers), certain medications or illnesses, and genetic predisposition.

Can I Reverse The Condition of Gingivitis?

Finding out that you have gingivitis can be troubling but there is good news. Good oral hygiene habits of daily brushing and flossing, professional dental cleanings, and use of antibacterial mouthwash can, in most cases, prevent and reverse the damage of gingivitis.

So in short, yes gingivitis is reversible! By treating it early and following the recommendations of your dentist, you can treat gingivitis and regain the happier healthier smile you desire!

Keep Your Smile Healthy For Life

Our Expert Team at Coconut Grove Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL is here to make sure that you and your family will have healthy strong teeth and gums for life.  So remember to start strong with great oral hygiene and stay strong with your proper dental health routines for life.

If challenges do happen rest assured that our team leader Dr. Stephen J. Parr has the experience and knowledge to get you smiling again fast!

For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
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