I have been told I have gingivitis… that sounds terrible! What is it?

Gingivitis is diagnosed by examining your oral cavity. Our professional staff will look for plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and check your gums for redness, puffiness and easy bleeding. We will advise you if you have gingivitis, which is an infection that occurs when bacteria invade gum tissue. Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontal diseases which affects the tissue that surrounds your teeth.

How can I get rid of gingivitis?

Many patients are helped through good hygiene instruction and education about how to brush and floss properly as well as a professional cleaning. With this treatment followed up with good in-home hygiene (brushing, flossing and rinsing) many patients do not need any further active treatment. However, patients will require ongoing checkups and professional hygiene cleanings to maintain optimum dental health.