Gingivitis (Gum Disease) in Grand Ledge, MI

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What Is Gingivitis?

One of the most common and mild forms of gum disease, gingivitis is characterized by inflammation and irritation along the gums. Most frequently caused by an overgrowth of plaque, gingivitis is easily treatable if it is found soon enough. Some symptoms of gingivitis are bad breath, swollen or red gums, pain around the gums, and bleeding when brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more severe and advanced stages of gum disease. If you think you may have gingivitis or a more serious case of gum disease, reach out to Dr. Todd K. Baum in Grand Ledge, MI to schedule a dental examination with our team. At Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC, our aim is to restore your dental health and protect your smile.

How Do You Treat Gingivitis?

Before suggesting a course of treatment, Dr. Baum will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and gums to see if there are signs of gingivitis. Typically, we recommend addressing cases of gingivitis with a thorough professional dental cleaning and improved oral home care. To conduct the teeth cleaning, our dental hygienists will use hand and ultrasonic instruments to scale plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. Our team will also review ideal homecare instructions and demonstrate how to floss and brush your teeth to foster the healing of your gums.

Gingivitis can often be improved with better oral hygiene habits and comprehensive cleaning. Without treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, which is a bigger threat to your dental health and may require more extensive care. It's very important that you keep a healthy oral hygiene routine to prevent future occurrences of gum infection. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use.

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Get Treatment for Gingivitis

The team at Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC is committed to creating healthier smiles, and that starts with healthy gums. Gingivitis is a common and relatively minor dental disease, but it can become severe and debilitating if not dealt with in time. If you've experienced swelling, bleeding, or other signs of gum disease, call our Grand Ledge, MI office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Baum and the rest of our dedicated staff.

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How can I reduce my risk of gingivitis?

Reducing your risk of gingivitis involves a few key steps that focus on maintaining good oral hygiene. Dr. Baum recommends the following practices:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This helps remove food particles and plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can cause gingivitis.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the gumline, where your toothbrush might not reach.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
  • Visit our Grand Ledge, MI office regularly for check-ups and professional dental cleanings. These visits are crucial for removing tartar, a hardened form of plaque that can only be removed with dental tools.
  • Quit smoking, if you smoke. Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing gum disease.
What happens if I don’t get treated for gingivitis?

If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other health complications. Periodontitis can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. Over time, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth can be destroyed. Early treatment of gingivitis is crucial to prevent these more serious outcomes.

How should I care for my teeth if I have gingivitis?

If you have gingivitis, it's important to clean your teeth gently but thoroughly to avoid aggravating your gums further. Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC advises the following approach:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your teeth in a circular motion, which helps remove plaque without irritating your gums.
  • Choose toothpaste that’s formulated for sensitive gums if you find brushing to be painful.
  • Floss gently. Be careful not to snap the floss into your gums but gently guide it between your teeth and along the gum line.
  • Consider using a water flosser, which can be less irritating for sensitive gums.
  • Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria in your mouth.

By following these steps, you can help soothe your symptoms and improve your oral health, reducing the impact of gingivitis.

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