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What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Gingivitis?

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A common form of minor gum disease, basically gingivitis is inflammation of the gingiva, the area of the gums around the bottom of the teeth. As per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately half of all over the age of thirty have gingivitis and another form of gum disease. It mainly concerns since it can cause tooth loss and periodontics.

In this article, our team at Rosenthal Family Dentistry take the time to explore some of the common symptoms of gum disease, who would be a good candidate for treatment, and ways that you can prevent this disease from arising. 

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What Are The Signs & Symptoms of Gingivitis?

Usually led by poor dental hygiene, gingivitis can lead to several tell-tales symptoms. Some of the more common side effects of gum disease include the following:
  • Puffy, swollen, and tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Dusky red and dark red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
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Who is at Risk for Gingivitis?

While gingivitis and gum diseaes can affect anyone at any time, there are factors which can lead a person to be more at risk for gingivitis. Some of those factors include:

  • Puffy, swollen, and tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Dusky red and dark red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

As per the ADA, in the majority of the cases, people can avoid gum disease and gingivitis by consistently flossing and brushing. If a person suspects they may have gingivitis, he or she needs to schedule an appointment with their dentist.

To measure the health of the gums, the dentist will perform a comprehensive examination that includes the following steps:

  • Review the dental and medical history  
  • Determine if any existing health problems might be contributing 
  • Examine the gums, teeth, tongue, and mouth for signs of plaque and inflammation  
  • Measure the depth of the pockets amid the gums and teeth using a dental probe 
  • Take X-rays to examine deeper pockets and bone loss  

 

In case, if it’s not clear what is leading the gingivitis, the dentist might recommend one to seek a thorough medical checkup to look for other health problems. If the gums disease is extremely severe, the dentist will refer one to a periodontist.  

How Can I Avoid Gingivitis?

Furthermore, practicing good dental hygiene, one can minimize the risk of progressing gingivitis by:

  • Brushing teeth after having meal when possible 
  • Replacing the toothbrush in every two, three months 
  • Using an electronic toothbrush instead of manual is better 
  • Use a toothbrush with extra and soft-bristles  
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco  
  • Limiting sugary foods  


Along with these, people need to visit the dentist for regular checkups in order to identify the 
initial stages of gingivitis prior to it progresses to severe gum disease. 

Contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry in Sunrise, FL

If you believe that you are suffering from gingivitis, we can help! At Rosenthal Family Dentistry, our team of dental professionals is experienced in offering a variety of dental solutions for any issue, including those who may be at different stages of gum disease. Our team has also proudly served families since 1981!

Contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in Sunrise, FL today! We look forward to meeting you!

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What Happens During a Teeth Whitening Procedure?

Why Would Teeth Whitening Be Needed

Teeth can get discoloration because of many reasons. Whether it’s caffeinated beverages or the nicotine in tobacco products, there are many reasons that can lead an individual to consider getting a teeth whitening treatment. However, many patients will often ask us: What teeth whitening procedures are right for them and what exactly goes on during treatment?

In this article, our team at Rosenthal Family Dentistry explore some of the more common teeth whitening options that patients explore as well as provide an overview of what you can expect during the teeth whitening process at our dental office in Sunrise, FL!

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What Teeth Whitening Options Are There?

Home-based whitening involves a customized tray made out of the mold by the dentist according to your teeth, which you use at home by applying a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel. The tray needs to be worn a few hours daily, preferably overnight, for up to six weeks to affect.

The second option requires a trip to the dentist for a laser or power bleaching. A concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to your teeth while your gums are protected by a special shield. The treatment is an hour-long session where your teeth are exposed to heat or light, which starts the process of whitening your teeth. The main benefit of such a procedure is the instant results of up to 10 shades whiter.

Home kits, while do not offer such instant gratification, are longer lasting. The best way to go is to combine a home-based treatment with a dentist treatment for maximum results.

What Happens During the Teeth Whitening Process?

Professional teeth whitening done by a dentist or salon also involves the application of much- protectant gel, which will not allow you to speak for the next few hours. Keeping a notepad and a pen handy in order to communicate in case of any discomfort is a good idea.

The light or heat hits reacts with the peroxide, penetrating the enamel to rectify the color pigments allowing the teeth to lighten from beneath. Such treatments may vary from two to four sessions, but if a patient’s mouth or teeth show sensitivity issues, a single treatment can also suffice.

Generally, the professional treatments are safe with minimum discomfort, which gives very pleasing instant results. Coupled with home-based six-week plans, the results become much more permanent and glossier.

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Contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry in Sunrise, FL

If you are looking to improve your smile through teeth whitening, we can help! At Rosenthal Family Dentistry, our team of dental professionals is experienced in offering a variety of dental solutions for any issue, including those who may be self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Our team has also proudly served families since 1981!

Contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in Sunrise, FL today! We look forward to meeting you!