There are things you may not be recognizing in terms of gingivitis, from whether or not it’s affecting you (it can often slip under the radar, when you’re at home looking at your smile in the mirror) to what it really means if you end up with this initial stage of gum disease. While this may sound concerning to you, our Upton, MA team reminds you that we are here to fill you in on every last detail you need to know, so you’re full of essential information and you’re fully prepared to keep your entire smile (gums included) in wonderful health.
That You Could Have It
You may not recognize just yet that you could have gingivitis at this very moment without necessarily realizing it. Yes, we know that this can come as quite a shock, as you assume that there must be some sort of obvious sign of its existence! However, this is why this first part of gum disease is often so confusing. It won’t necessarily display symptoms as it begins.
That There Are A Variety Of Symptoms
What about when gingivitis does present symptoms, you ask? Are they obvious ones? As with many dental concerns, what you recognize may be something that’s apparent to the eye but that you will not necessarily be able to instantly connect with gum disease. As a result, when you notice any type of change with your grin, the best thing to do is to come in for a dental visit with us! With that said, common signs include bright red gums, puffy gums, purple-ish gums, and uncomfortable gums.
That We Can Always Identify It
As alarming as it can seem that you won’t always be able to detect or accurately diagnose gingivitis, our team reminds you that everything is going to be okay. If you’re scheduling twice-a-year dental checkups, we will find it (and treat it) for you. Just remember that when you’re up-to-date on preventive care, you’re giving your gum health the best protection possible.
That It’s Actually Very Serious
We know you may also overlook the fact that gingivitis is very serious and requires immediate treatment. This is not because this stage of gum disease is so damaging itself but because it will lead the way toward destructive phases of periodontal disease that, unlike gingivitis, you cannot reverse but only manage.
See Us To Treat Gingivitis
Don’t ignore gingivitis or any sign that something may be wrong with your gum health. Call our team as soon as you notice changes and remember to keep up with your six-month visits for optimal gum health. To learn more, call our family dental office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities.