Gum disease, and gingivitis in particular, is diagnosed based on symptoms and a visual exam from a Houston dentist. Symptoms include bleeding gums, especially when brushing teeth or eating rough foods, tender or swollen gums, and a perpetual bad breath. The disease comes from not clearing away plaque regularly, allowing it to harden and form tartar.
When tartar forms under the gum line, it can lead to a minor infection, causing gingivitis. Visiting your local Houston dentist for treatment will address the problem directly and begin the process to reverse the effects. A deep cleaning of the teeth will remove much of the plaque and tartar, and your mouth will recover on its own.