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The Trouble with Gingivitis

Gingivitis, otherwise known as gum disease, starts when there is a growth of bacteria within your mouth. If it goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and the destruction of your gums and jawbone. Gingivitis comes before periodontitis; however, not all patients with gingivitis need to experience severe gum disease if the condition is treated in time.

How Does Gingivitis Occur?

There are quite a few reasons why you may develop gingivitis. While gingivitis is primarily caused by bacteria found in dental plaque, other factors can significantly increase your risk, including; hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, and other factors, which can affect the healthy cell functions of your gums and oral tissues People with diabetes have a harder time dealing with infections as their bodies heal a lot slower than normal, making them prone to higher risks of developing dental diseases, such as periodontal diseases.

What Are Some Symptoms Of Gingivitis?

If your gums bleed after brushing, it should not be overlooked, as this is typically a sign of developing gingivitis. Other signs can also include:

  • Continuous bad breath, or a constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Gum recession
  • Deep pockets that form between the teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth

While some people may not notice any symptoms, gingivitis may still be present and pose a danger to their overall dental health.

Treatment For Gingivitis

Treating gingivitis is simplest when it’s addressed in the beginning stages. If caught early enough, the disease can typically be controlled or even reversed with appropriate dental treatment and proper dental care at home. If gingivitis fully develops into gum disease, then you might require more extensive periodontal treatment to control the infection and restore irreversibly damaged tissues.


At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.