Gingivitis is basically the inflammation of the gum that eventually leads to bacterial infection because of pus and swelling. The most common signs of the same are inflammation in the area or swelling along with bleeding from the gum, pain, redness, trouble in chewing food, sensitive teeth, foul smell from the mouth that doesn't tend to go away after brushing too.
HOW IS GINGIVITIS DIAGNOSED?
Dentists perform a thorough dental examination and evaluate the symptoms. Dentists use a small ruler to check for inflammation. A periodontist is referred to for further diagnosis of Gingivitis.
HOW IS GINGIVITIS TREATED?
The goals of gum disease treatment are to promote reattachment of healthy gums to teeth, reduce swelling, the depth of pockets, and the risk of infection, and to stop disease progression. Treatment options depend on the stage of disease, how one may have responded to earlier treatments, and the overall health. Options range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated, gingivitis can cause long-term problems like weakening of the gums followed with painful infections in the mouth that could cause fever.