Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums and characterized by redness, swelling and bleeding gums. This is the mildest stage of periodontal disease and is common in adults as well as children. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage and with treatment gingivitis is usually reversible. Gums which are red and inflamed and which bleed easily when brushing need professional attention and here at BPI Dental we have been dealing with these problems successfully for over 15 years with thousands of satisified patients from all over the UK .
This lady presented with very swollen gums and this swelling had caused the front teeth to actually move apart. After treatment the gums have gone back to a healthy colour and the gaps between teeth have closed up.
What is the treatment for gingivitis ?
The first line of defence against periodontal disease is actually prevention. This includes a good oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing at least twice a day and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss helps prevent plaque from accumulating. Depending on the severity of the disease, more in-depth oral hygiene instructions may be recommended.
Depending on how far the diseases have progressed, treatment can vary widely. In the early stages of gum disease, treatment may involve scaling and root planning. This means removing plaque and calculus in the pockets around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. Scaling and root planning helps rid the mouth of infection-causing bacteria and irritants beneath the gum line.