Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease characterized by bad breath, bleeding, sensitive, and swollen gums. Periodontal disease occurs because calculus (tartar) and bacteria develop beneath the gum line. Sensitive gum tissue develops an infection and can cause bleeding during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis may develop into the more serious periodontitis if not treated promptly. Sometimes, in its early stages, gingivitis can be reversible.
Treatment for gingivitis includes professional dental cleanings in conjunction with follow-up visits to ensure that the gums are healing properly. The dental hygienist will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to improve home care as well as recommend a re-care schedule that will support patients as they heal. In addition to the patient’s home dental care, Dr. Frey’s hygienist will also gently and thoroughly remove the plaque and bacteria above and below the patient’s gum line to promote proper healing.
As periodontal disease progresses, it becomes more difficult to treat. In some cases, site-specific antibiotics may be required to contain the infection. The hygienist will closely monitor the patient as he or she heals and make necessary adjustments to their treatment. Each patient is different and customized hygiene care will help restore the patient’s health as quickly and effectively as possible.