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Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

Gingivitis is the medical term for early gum disease, or periodontal disease. In general, gum disease can be caused by long-term exposure to plaque, the sticky but colorless film on teeth that forms after eating or sleeping.

Gum disease originates in the gums, where infections form from harmful bacteria and other materials left behind from eating. Early warning signs include chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. In many cases, however, gingivitis can go unnoticed. The infections can eventually cause the gums to separate from the teeth, creating even greater opportunities for infection and decay.

Although gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, in many cases it is avoidable.

If gingivitis goes untreated, more serious problems such as abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis can occur.

Periodontitis is treated in a number of ways. One method, called root planing, involved cleaning and scraping below the gum line to smooth the roots. If effective, this procedure helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure.  However, not all instances of scaling and root planing successfully reattach the tooth to the gums.  Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing

Pregnancy has also been known to cause a form of gingivitis. This has been linked to hormonal changes in the woman's body that promote plaque production.

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16824 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48154, USA

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Himm Family Dentistry

Monday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

1:00 PM-7:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday:

4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Friday:

7:00 AM-1:00 PM

Saturday:

Appointment Only

Sunday:

Closed

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "I absolutely love everyone at Dr.Himm’s office and honestly don’t spend the day dreading my visits. That coming from a complete densit-aphobe says a lot!!"
    D.Gomes
  • "Pleasant surroundings and excellent dental work. I never have problems with my teeth."
    Amy Jackson
  • "Friendly, helpful, fun, they will work with you. The whole office has a nice atmosphere; they make you feel at home as much as you could be at a Dentist office, because lets face it, does anyone really like going to the Dentist."
    Denise Ford