Taking care of your teeth is important, that’s a given, but taking care of your gums is just as important. The health of your gums will have an affect on your teeth, your jawbone, and other structures in your mouth. It’s important to keep this all in mind, of course, so you prevent tooth loss, major gum and soft tissue problems, and require the placement of Palm Springs dental implants or some other advanced dental care options. We want to take a moment to go over some of the basics of gingivitis so you know what to keep in mind and expect as far as dental health is concerned.
Gingivitis is a kind of early-stage gum disease that leads to the swelling of the gums, the reddening of the gums, turning the gums a purplish color, and the bleeding of the gums. Gingivitis is essentially the earliest stage of major gum disease, and signs of its onset are those that are listed above. In addition to this, you may notice some degree of bad breath.
After gingivitis has progressed, you’re basically dealing with various levels of periodontitis. When you have periodontitis in its earliest stages, the gums will begin to recede from the teeth. The selling or discoloration of the gums will get worse, as will any bleeding of the gums. Periodontitis in its moderate stages will be marked by a worsening of the listed symptoms, as well as boils or abscesses developing on the gums. In the most advanced stages of periodontitis, the gums will have receded so far that the teeth may be loose and the tooth roots may be exposed. Loss of structure in the jawbone is also common.
If you want to learn what can be done about gum disease or how Palm Springs teeth whitening can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile, please contact our cosmetic dentistry office serving Palm Springs. During an appointment at our office, we’ll be able to help enhance your dental health.