Gingivitis and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know and How Southern Cal Smiles Can Help

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If you’re struggling with gingivitis or gum disease, you’re not alone. These oral health conditions are extremely common, but the good news is that they’re also highly treatable. At Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, we’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy gums. Here’s what you need to know about gingivitis and gum disease, and how we can help you get the treatment you need.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease characterized by inflammation and swelling of the gums. It’s often caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease, like periodontitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is often reversible with regular dental cleanings & a proper at-home oral hygiene routine.  

What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?

The symptoms of gingivitis can include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums, which can cause teeth to look longer than normal
  • A change in the way teeth fit together when biting

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you must see a dentist as soon as possible. The earlier gingivitis is treated, the easier it is to reverse.

teeth and gums showing signs of gum disease

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that involves infection and inflammation in the gums. It can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leading to bone loss and tooth loss. Periodontitis is often the result of untreated gingivitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontitis?

The symptoms of periodontitis can include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing; 
  • Bad breath 
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • A change in the way teeth fit together when biting

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible. The earlier periodontitis is treated, the better the chances of saving your teeth.

How Can Southern Cal Smiles Help?

At Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, we’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy gums. Our team, led by Dr. Susan Fredericks, is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of gingivitis and gum disease. We offer various treatment options, including scaling and root planing, which involves deep cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. We also provide medications and at-home care instructions to help you manage your gum health.

If you’re struggling with gingivitis or gum disease, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills. We’re here to help you get the treatment you need to maintain healthy gums for life.

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