Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease. Impacting an estimated 60 to 80% of adults at some point in their lives, gingivitis is marked by a reddening and swelling of the gum tissue and may show additional symptoms including:
- Gum bleeding when brushed or eating crunchy food
- A persistent bad taste in the mouth
- Chronic bad breath
This type of gum disease can often be treated through professional cleanings and enhanced at-home routines. Dr. Bass will discuss what steps can best treat your gingivitis during your periodontics treatment evaluation.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gingivitis, please contact Terry L. Bass, DDS online or by calling our Oklahoma City office at (405) 622-8996 today. We welcome patients from Edmond, Lawton, and all surrounding Oklahoma communities.
When gingivitis is left untreated it will progress to periodontitis. This advanced form of gum disease may show symptoms including:
- Pus in between teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Tooth loss
- Extreme halitosis
- Bone necrosis
This type of gum disease can also allow for a spreading of bacteria into the bloodstream and is linked to increased risks for heart attack, stroke, kidney and liver failure, respiratory illnesses, and dementia.
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Bass understands the mouth/body connection and gears treatments to help protect and enhance both oral and systemic health. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontitis, advanced cleanings and surgical options may be needed to prevent serious and even fatal consequences. Dr. Bass can discuss this with you in greater detail during your treatment consultation.
If your gum disease has resulted in tooth loss, Dr. Bass offers a range of options, including New You Dentures, which can be used to restore both strength and beauty to your smile. These will be discussed as needed during your initial consultation.