Beat Gingivitis in Houston, TX | Nu Dentistry

Beat Gingivitis in Houston, TX | Nu Dentistry

Gingivitis



Painlessly Treat Your Gingivitis In Houston

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Do you have constant gum pain or notice that your gums easily bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? If so, you may have gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, or periodontal disease. What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection and inflammation of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on your teeth. As it worsens, it can begin to affect the jawbone supporting your teeth, leading to your teeth shifting, loosening, or even falling out! Gum disease symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Receding gum line/teeth appearing longer
  • Loose or separating teeth


Don’t worry; there’s no reason to panic. At Nu Dentistry, our team of incredible dentists and periodontists makes it easy for you to receive gingivitis treatment. We always make sure to catch your gum disease at its earliest stages and take care of it as soon as possible. We’re dedicated to preserving your smile, however we can. Our dentists are thorough when it comes to your dental care because we know that a healthy smile makes for a happy, healthy life. Are you ready to come in for your gingivitis treatment? Connect with our office to schedule an appointment today.



Gum Disease Stages

Nu Dentistry wants you to be able to identify your gum disease as soon as it develops

The earlier you and our periodontist catch your gum disease, the better. When caught and treated in its earliest form, it can still be fully cured. However, that depends on patients identifying symptoms as they appear and seeing the dentist for treatment.

There are four stages for gum disease:

  • Stage 1: Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterized most often by bleeding gums while brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is the only form of periodontal disease that is fully reversible. At this stage, the damage caused by plaque and bacteria buildup hasn’t reached the bone or connective tissue that keeps your teeth firmly in place in your mouth. It can be cured in as little as 10 to 14 days with good oral hygiene and dentist visits.

  • Stage 2: Mild Periodontitis

    The next level of periodontal disease is periodontitis. In this stage, irreversible damage occurs to the jawbone and gum tissue securing your teeth in their proper place. As the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, pockets start to form that allow food and plaque to get stuck and quicken up the pace of decay. At this point, the symptoms and decay can only be treated as they arise. The root problem can’t be taken care of for good.

  • Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis

    Once gum disease progresses into moderate periodontitis, your teeth become loose as the gums further recede, and the bone begins to decay. The pockets between teeth and gums grow deeper, and the inflammation and decay worsens. Your gums may start bleeding even when not brushing or flossing your teeth.

  • Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis

    In the last and most severe form of periodontitis, a patient’s gums, bones, and connective tissue are not only damaged but destroyed. Teeth shift or further loosen, and they can eventually fall out if aggressive treatment is not immediately given. Even if the teeth haven’t fallen out, your dentist may remove them to save you a lot of pain and time in the future.

  • Stage 1: Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterized most often by bleeding gums while brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is the only form of periodontal disease that is fully reversible. At this stage, the damage caused by plaque and bacteria buildup hasn’t reached the bone or connective tissue that keeps your teeth firmly in place in your mouth. It can be cured in as little as 10 to 14 days with good oral hygiene and dentist visits.

  • Stage 2: Mild Periodontitis

    The next level of periodontal disease is periodontitis. In this stage, irreversible damage occurs to the jawbone and gum tissue securing your teeth in their proper place. As the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, pockets start to form that allow food and plaque to get stuck and quicken up the pace of decay. At this point, the symptoms and decay can only be treated as they arise. The root problem can’t be taken care of for good.

  • Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis

    Once gum disease progresses into moderate periodontitis, your teeth become loose as the gums further recede, and the bone begins to decay. The pockets between teeth and gums grow deeper, and the inflammation and decay worsens. Your gums may start bleeding even when not brushing or flossing your teeth.

  • Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis

    In the last and most severe form of periodontitis, a patient’s gums, bones, and connective tissue are not only damaged but destroyed. Teeth shift or further loosen, and they can eventually fall out if aggressive treatment is not immediately given. Even if the teeth haven’t fallen out, your dentist may remove them to save you a lot of pain and time in the future.



Periodontal disease is serious, and something not to be ignored. Once it progresses past its first stage, the damage can’t be undone, only managed. You and your periodontist must work together as a team to combat its effects and keep your mouth healthy.





Gentle Hands, Comprehensive Care

We’re the dental team that treats you, not just your periodontal disease

When it comes to your periodontal treatment, Nu Dentistry is on your side from the start. Our dentists and periodontists are experienced and thorough during your dental exams and cleanings. We do our best to catch your gum disease in its earliest stages and stop it in its tracks. It’s our firm belief that dentists should make a trip to the office comfortable and stress-free. We understand that your mouth is especially sensitive right now, and we take great care to be gentle and soothing during your general and deep cleanings.



  • Does gingivitis go away?

    Gingivitis can go away, both through deep dental cleanings and excellent dental hygiene. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. It’s early enough in the process that cleaning your teeth and gums properly and allowing them to heal is possible. However, more advanced stages of periodontal disease can only be managed, not completely cured.

  • Does Listerine cure gingivitis?

    While Listerine and other mouthwashes can help fight gingivitis, they’re not a cure-all. The best way to cure gingivitis is to practice all-around good dental hygiene habits. This means that in addition to using mouthwash, you should also be making sure to floss once and brush your teeth twice daily.

  • What are the signs of gum disease?

    If you notice that your gums bleed easily while brushing or flossing, your teeth feel loose, or you experience pain while eating, you may have gum disease. Other signs include painful swollen gums, changes in your bite, bad breath that stays after brushing your teeth, and sensitivity to hot and cold.

  • Can periodontal disease kill you?

    While you can’t die directly from periodontal disease, there is a significant link between gum disease and other serious health problems. At its worst, bacteria and infection can enter your bloodstream and spread to the rest of your body. Patients with periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, and breast cancer.

  • Is it painful to get a deep cleaning at the dentist?

    Not at all! Using a local anesthetic, your periodontist will make sure that your teeth and gums are fully numb throughout your deep cleaning. If you’re at all nervous about your treatment, our office also offers a selection of sedation options to soothe your dental anxiety.

  • How often should you get a deep cleaning?

    Many factors determine the length between your deep cleaning visits. Your dentist will tell you how often you need to come into the office to maintain excellent periodontal health. Because gum disease has different stages, you may require deep cleaning treatments as often as every three months. At Nu Dentistry, we want to make sure that your gums are at their best, and making sure that your oral health doesn’t slide from missing your deep cleaning appointments is critical.

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