Prevent gum disease and treat and reverse the effects of gingivitis

Gum disease is not only one of the most common oral conditions but also one of the most prevalent diseases. Furthermore, gum disease is a known risk factor for other common and serious medical conditions – ranging from heart disease to Type 2 diabetes. At All Smiles Dental Studio in Encinitas, California, we know it does not have to be this way because gum disease is preventable. By partnering with Dr. Ali Shahrokh and our skilled dental team, patients can avoid gum disease (or periodontal disease) altogether. A progressive condition, periodontal disease, can be halted with appropriate treatment.

Gingivitis 

Gum disease predominantly occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early form of periodontal disease. At this stage, the disease process is limited to the gums. It is also completely reversible. Gingivitis arises when bacterial plaque sits on the teeth for a long time. Plaque forms when food particles and bacteria are not removed from the teeth with proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional dental cleanings at our office. 

Gingivitis is characterized by swollen and inflamed gums. During routine exams and cleanings, we use special instruments to assess the health of your gums. So, if you have gingivitis, the gum pockets around you teeth would be deeper than what is considered to be the baseline for healthy gum tissue. We may also find that your gums bleed easier and more often. As gingivitis starts and progresses, the gums start to detach from the teeth which in turn create deeper pockets. Deeper pockets around your teeth are an indication of more severe progression of gum disease. Gingivitis treatment is tool we use to stop disease progression and a way to help your gums back to health.

Treatment 

Generally, it is recommended that patients with gingivitis undergo a non-surgical procedure to remove soft plaque and calculus (tartar) from their teeth. Calculus is a stubborn build-up that can only be removed with professional tools by our team’s skilled hands. Calculus cases irritation to our gums and start the disease progress. We will remove this build up above and below the gum line, flush out the bacterial build-up and polish the teeth’s surface to remove all the plaque that has been building up. This cleaning helps reverse the disease process and bring the gums back to a healthy state. Gingivitis treatment is a great option at the first stages of gum disease. it is not a suitable approach for patients with advanced gum disease or periodontitis. By getting you on a regular schedule of exams and cleanings at our office, you can avoid the pain and damage caused by gum disease! Call All Smiles Dental Studio sooner rather than later at (760) 456-4978 to schedule your appointment at our Encinitas, CA office.