Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss, are they dark in color, or sore and sensitive? If you answered yes, you may be suffering from gingivitis, which can result in severe complications including tooth loss. Dr. Jeffrey M. Navre, a dentist in Westbury, New York, has treated hundreds of patients with this condition, and he can treat your gingivitis and give you a good chance of complete recovery without further problems. To get to the root of your problem now, call the office of Dr. Navre or book an appointment online.
Gingivitis, known as gum disease, is an infection of the gum tissue caused by buildup of plaque and tartar. While gum disease develops slowly over time, it can result in serious complications if left untreated.
If you have gum disease, you might experience puffy, dark-colored gums that bleed easily. Additionally, you might notice sensitivity to hot and cold and soreness while brushing or flossing. Bad breath often accompanies gingivitis.
The most important measure you can take to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth and gums twice daily and floss every day. You should also see your dentist every six months for a comprehensive evaluation and oral cancer screening, both of which are critical in the prevention and early detection of disease.
If you’re in the early stages of gum disease, you should get your teeth cleaned as soon as possible to remove tartar buildup and begin brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Taking good care of your mouth can help your gums heal.
When gum disease is left untreated, the infection continues to worsen, eventually causing serious complications. Untreated gingivitis can result in a receding gumline, and eventually, the loss of the tooth or teeth in the affected area.
The first line of treatment for gum diseases is improved oral hygiene. In some cases, Dr. Navre may prescribe medications. In the most advanced cases, he may recommend medical or surgical procedures involving the removal of dead tissue and a graft of healthy tissue.
If you think you may have gingivitis, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Navre. His practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.