What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis, which is also called gum disease, is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and under the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause the loss of permanent teeth.

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, Dr. Charles Anonye will treat gingivitis in York, Pennsylvania:

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
  • Red, swollen, or sore gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste that will not go away
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • The formation of pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Loose or drifting teeth
  • A change in your bite

How is gingivitis treated?

If you have gingivitis, our dentist may recommend extra professional teeth cleanings at Heritage Dental. Our hygienist will clean all of your teeth of plaque and tartar. If this is not enough, our dentist may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Our dentist will clean all of your teeth, all the way down to the roots. Then, your tooth roots will be smoothed, which makes it difficult for plaque to adhere to them.

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.