“Do I have gingivitis?”

We frequently field this question from patients who have noticed that something is not quite right with their gums.

Gingivitis, also known as periodontal disease, is gum inflammation and the early or beginning stage of gum disease. When not treated early, the condition can lead to a loss of bone around the teeth.

Patients have visited our office with swollen, bleeding gums, which has led to more extensive and more expensive gum treatment to get the patient healthy again.

Often painless, gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque, which has not been brushed off the teeth daily.

Symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Dark pink or red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Crooked teeth that are difficult to clean

There are a number of risk factors that contribute to gingivitis, including:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • A family history of gum disease
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause
  • A compromised immune system

If you find yourself wondering “Do I have gingivitis,” don’t delay. Make an appointment with Dr. Joanne Block Rief and our fabulous team of dental hygienists. We can help you. To prevent gingivitis, visit our office at least twice a year and remember to brush and floss regularly.

Questions? Contact us at 410-363-2121 and schedule your appointment today.