Greenwood, SC dentist offers diagnosis and treatment of gingivitis
Patients who are experiencing problems with their smiles need to work with a dentist regularly to monitor for specific changes and conditions that impact their oral health and wellness. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease or “periodontal disease,” and with early intervention, can be easy to treat. Greenwood, SC area patients, who are seeking treatment for gingivitis, are welcome to call the office of Dr. Christopher T. Griffin to get assistance.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a condition that is caused by inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. The condition, if left untreated, can progress into the later stages of periodontal disease, which can cause the loss of gum tissue, bone, and even teeth. When patients are evaluated by a dental professional and have been diagnosed with gingivitis, they need to start treatment as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
What treatment is available for gingivitis?
This early stage of periodontal disease can be treated with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. This cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Antibiotics may also be applied to the gums to help in treating the infection. Once patients leave the office after their treatment, they may be given special prescription medications or kinds of toothpaste to use to continue to treat the problem at home. Over time, the signs and symptoms will subside, and the smile can be healthy again.
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
You may have gingivitis if you are experiencing:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Bad breath that will not go away
- Red, swollen gum tissues that may be tender to the touch
Call Dr. Christopher T. Griffin today!
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease and can be treated if caught by a dental professional. If you are experiencing the symptoms of this condition, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and discussion of treatment options. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin of Greenwood, SC is pleased to help patients with their dental needs in his practice, located at 150 West Cambridge Avenue. The office can be reached by phone at (864) 229-2610.