Gingivitis treatment is available from an Indianapolis dentist
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It usually occurs due to a lack of proper oral hygiene. At Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis, we teach patients the importance of proper dental treatment to reduce risk of infections that may lead to tooth loss or other serious issues.
If gingivitis goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, an irreversible oral health condition. Patients with periodontitis often need frequent dental appointments, along with vigilant at-home hygiene, to manage symptoms.
The importance of early intervention
Discovering gum disease early gives patients the best chance of minimizing damage. At its earliest stage, gingivitis can be eliminated with a thorough professional cleaning. This cleaning removes buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar from surfaces of teeth and the gums. A professional deep cleaning can restore oral health and prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis.
Advanced periodontitis is not just a risk for oral health. It can also affect total wellness. Bacteria that originate in the oral cavity travel through the bloodstream to other areas of the body, increasing risk of systemic inflammation and health conditions such as:
- Heart disease
Once gum health is restored, it is important for patients to maintain teeth and gums. Effective gingivitis treatment does not remove all risk of gum disease. We work with patients to educate them on the proper methods of at-home oral hygiene. This includes brushing thoroughly at least twice each day, flossing at least once daily, and maintaining twice yearly visits at Washington Street Dentistry for exam and cleaning. These steps, along with a healthy diet that is low in sugar, can reduce the long-term risks of periodontal disease, and keep the smile beautiful and healthy for life.
To learn more about maintaining a healthy smile, call us today at (317) 333-6788.