How Gingivitis Forms, and Why Early Treatment Matters

Gingivitis (early gum disease) is one of the most common threats to good oral health. In fact, severe gum disease is the most frequent cause behind permanent adult tooth loss, and it all starts with gingivitis. The problem with gum disease is that once it fully develops, it can’t be reversed. Therefore, keeping your smile healthy and avoiding tooth loss will require a lifetime of consistent periodontal maintenance. Today, we explain how gingivitis forms, and why treating it early with scaling and root planing could determine the future of your smile and oral health.

From Plaque to Gingivitis

Gingivitis first develops as an infection in your gums, which results from an excess of harmful oral bacteria forming plaque on your gum line and below the tissues. Certain bacteria irritate the gums and release toxins that cause them to recede from your teeth, creating pockets for more bacteria to accumulate and further infect your gums. Before long, this infection can lead to serious damage to your gum tissues, and eventually, the jawbone underneath.

How Scaling and Root Planing Help

While regular dental cleaning involves cleaning bacteria, plaque, and tartar (calcified plaque), cases of gingivitis require more focused cleaning, including below your gum line. Scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning, is the process of cleaning plaque and tartar off of your teeth roots, eliminating the source of your gum infection so the tissues can heal. If performed in time, scaling and root planing can reverse the symptoms of gingivitis before more serious gum disease develops, significantly reducing your risks of severe dental health complications and tooth loss.

Find Out if You Need Gingivitis Treatment

If you show signs of gingivitis, then we may recommend scaling and root planing (or deep cleaning) as soon as possible to reverse or control it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.