Mild Gum Disease: Gingivitis
Mild gum disease is called gingivitis. In gingivitis, oral bacteria are attacking your gums. However, they haven’t really started separating your teeth and gums yet.
Instead, at this stage, your gums are sensitive and swollen. They might also be painful to the touch and when you eat. They might bleed intermittently after brushing your teeth or eating, but they aren’t usually bleeding spontaneously.
Gingivitis isn’t normally a concern for cosmetic dentistry. However, there are some procedures where your Irvine cosmetic dentist might recommend that you treat your gum disease before starting. At this point, that might just mean changes to your oral hygiene routine. We can give you tips for improving your routine, such as brushing more often, flossing regularly, or changing some of your tools. An electric toothbrush and water flosser can work miracles for some people.
Then your Irvine cosmetic dentist will evaluate your gums again after a couple of weeks to see how well your gum disease has improved. If it looks good now, we’ll proceed with your treatment.