James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS | Stockton, CA Dentist

Understanding and Managing Gingivitis

Gingivitis, a common and mild form of gum disease, can escalate into serious dental issues if not addressed properly. At the office of Dr. James Van Sicklen DDS, located at 1372 W Robinhood Dr Ste E, Stockton, CA 95207, we specialize in the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. This guide is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of gingivitis, including its causes, symptoms, and effective treatment methods.

Causes and Symptoms of Gingivitis:

The primary cause of gingivitis is plaque buildup on the teeth, leading to gum inflammation. Symptoms to watch out for include red, swollen gums, and bleeding during brushing or flossing. Early detection and treatment are key in preventing the progression of the disease.

Preventive Measures:

Maintaining regular oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash is crucial in preventing gingivitis. Additionally, routine dental check-ups and cleanings at Dr. James Van Sicklen DDS are essential for preventing gingivitis and identifying any signs of gum disease early on.

Treatment Approaches:

We provide thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar, vital in treating gingivitis. Dr. Van Sicklen may also recommend a tailored oral care routine to specifically address your needs and help prevent the recurrence of gingivitis.

Lifestyle Adjustments:

Quitting smoking is crucial as it is a significant risk factor for gingivitis and can hinder gum healing. A balanced diet, low in sugar and rich in nutrients, is also beneficial for overall oral health and gum disease prevention.

Advanced Treatment Options:

In more advanced cases, treatments such as deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) may be recommended. In rare cases, surgical interventions might be necessary.

Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable. At Dr. James Van Sicklen DDS’s practice, we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain healthy gums. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gingivitis or would like to learn more about gum disease prevention, contact us at (209) 951-3436 for a consultation. Together, we can work towards maintaining the health and longevity of your smile.

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