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Gingivitis Treatment in Abilene, TX

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. This process is reversible with professional gingivitis treatment and good oral home care.

Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself and the tissues and bones that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed.

Without gingivitis treatment, gums can separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the tooth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Patients in Abilene with this condition should call Dr. Lovelace for an appointment.

Common Causes of Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease

  • Smoking: The top risk factor associated with gum disease.
  • Hormonal changes in women: Makes gums sensitive.
  • Diabetes: Higher risk of developing infections.
  • Illnesses: Treatments can negatively affect the gums (e.g., cancer treatments).
  • Medication: Some medications reduce the flow of saliva, which can cause vulnerability in the gums, leading to gum disease.
  • Genetics: Some are more prone to gum disease than others.
Generally, patients do not show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women, and teens rarely develop these diseases, although they can develop gingivitis. Gum disease will develop when patients allow plaque to build up along their gum line. If you think that you have gingivitis or have other dental concerns, call our office today so that we can catch and treat these issues early.
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