Gingivitis Katy TX
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gingiva (gums) caused by a buildup of bacteria between the gums and the teeth. Common symptoms of gingivitis include swollen and sore gums, inflamed gums, and gums that bleed more easily than usual. The supporting structures, however, are not affected. Gingivitis is a common condition that can be easily managed. That being said, if gingivitis is left untreated it can advance to periodontitis.
What Causes Gingivitis?
The most common cause of gingivitis is plaque, a film of bacteria that covers the teeth after eating. If plaque is not removed by teeth brushing, it can eventually irritate the gums. Other causes of gingivitis include:
- Certain Drugs or Medication
- Hormonal Changes
- Auto-Immune Disorders
- Poor Nutrition
How To Treat Gingivitis
To treat gingivitis, the first step is to schedule an appointment for a cleaning by your dentist to remove the plaque. Once the plaque has been removed, patients are encouraged to continue practicing proper oral hygiene. Maintaining your oral health will help keep your gums healthy and will reduce the build-up of bacteria. Recommendations include eating a healthy diet, flossing and brushing daily, not smoking and seeing your dentist regularly.
Advanced Periodontics & Implants of Katy administers treatments for gingivitis in Katy, Fulshear, Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land, TX. Contact us today at 832-840-9560 to schedule an appointment.