Gingivitis Specialist

Lakeview Family Dental

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, CA

If your gums are tender or swollen, you may have gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease. Getting treatment now can prevent your gingivitis from turning into a more serious dental problem. As a team that focuses on prevention, the periodontic specialists at Lakeview Family Dental in Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, California provide comprehensive care and treatment for gingivitis to improve your oral health. For an evaluation, call today or book an appointment online.

Gingivitis Q & A

Lakeview Family Dental

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation and swelling of your gingiva, which is the gum tissue that surrounds the base of your teeth. Gingivitis is a common condition, but if left untreated can lead to dental problems such as periodontal disease or tooth loss.

The buildup of plaque on your teeth causes gingivitis. Taking good care of your teeth --  including regular brushing, flossing, and checkups with the team at Lakeview Family Dental -- lowers your risk of developing gingivitis.


How do I know if I have gingivitis?

Common symptoms that may indicate you have gingivitis include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Gum tenderness
  • Halitosis or bad breath
  • Receding gum line


Is gingivitis giving me bad breath?

Poor oral hygiene may be causing halitosis, or bad breath. There are many causes of bad breath, but the most common is the breakdown of leftover food particles trapped in your teeth and gums that, when broken down by the bacteria in your mouth, release a smelly gas, leading to bad breath.

Plaque is a sticky substance that can trap food particles on your teeth, which can cause bad breath. Taking care of your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings may help prevent the buildup of plaque, improve your breath, and reduce your risk of gingivitis.


How is gingivitis treated?

The team at Lakeview Family Dental treat gingivitis with deep cleaning, which includes:

  • Scaling: the removal of plaque and bacteria from your teeth and under your gums
  • Root planing: the removal of bacteria from your root surfaces


The team at Lakeview Family Dental uses the latest in dental technology to remove the plaque and bacteria to improve oral health and reduce your risk of developing more serious dental problems.

Misaligned teeth and dentures can irritate the gums and increase your risk of gingivitis. To improve oral health, the team may also recommend treatments to improve alignment.

After your deep cleaning, the team at Lakeview Family Dental recommends you keep up with good oral hygiene habits at home and come in as scheduled for your checkups and cleanings to stay on top of oral health and reduce your risk of developing gingivitis.

For gingivitis and periodontal care, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking agent.