Should Gingivitis Be Taken Seriously?

The information dished out online, in addition to the growing general awareness on the implications of gum diseases has helped people to become more dental health conscious. Toothpastes that are generally marketed as the panacea for gum diseases can be just one of the reasons for why gum diseases are taken on a serious note. The reason notwithstanding, one common response that generally resonates with people suffering from gum disease goes along the lines of “Does bleeding a bit really hurt?” And that is the crux of the problem. The point whether one feels the discomfort or not can be quite trivial, mainly due to the fact that the damage happens beneath the not so noticeable gum line.

 

No pain no problem?

Whilst there is no denying that both Periodontitis as well as Gingivitis leads to sore and reddened gums, this doesn’t hold true in all cases, including bleeding gums. Gum diseases can be a dormant dental condition that requires periodic monitoring to keep things under check. This is precisely what we advocate to our patients always: regular check up with our dentists as well as our hygienists (of course, if the patient can spend more time with us).  If the patient doesn’t have a scale and polish, doesn’t use inter-dental tool or dental floss, he or she is prone to some form of gum problem, even if it’s not noticeable or perceivable.

Gingivitis or Periodontitis?

Although both Gingivitis and Periodontitis are more or less the same form of gum diseases, they aren’t distinct entities, but a lesser and more advanced phase of the same issue. Gingivitis is the starting stage of gum disease, and, can, in several cases, be reversed with regular flossing, periodic dental hygiene visits and better oral habits.

Periodontitis is a much advanced stage where not only your gums are put at risk, but the bones that hold the teeth in place may also be subject to risk. Over time, this will eat into the bone, and the tooth, will, gradually loosen or even crumble altogether.  

Treatment

Prevention is the way to go because once you reach the stage of periodontitis, things can go out of control; the last thing you’d want is lose your cherished tooth. ‘Deep Clean’, a more intrusive procedure, may also have to be considered then. This means the tooth has to be cleaned all the way down to the bone, and, perhaps, some bone too. Take the guesswork out of it: the procedure can be uncomfortable and calls for a local anaesthetic. As discussed earlier, gum diseases, by no means, are unpreventable if you take good oral care and the first clear step is to admit that you have gum problems. Don’t delay your first consultation session any further if you’re suffering from gum problems. Just give us a shout to make your appointment today.

 

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