The most common and mild stage of gum disease (known as gingivitis) may cause inflammation and irritation of your gums. Most frequently brought on by the buildup of excess plaque, gingivitis is easily treatable if it’s diagnosed soon enough. Some symptoms of gingivitis include odorous breath, swollen or red gums, pain in the gums, and bleeding when brushing or flossing. When left undiagnosed, gingivitis may lead to more severe and developed stages of gum disease. If you think you might have gingivitis or a more serious case of gum disease, reach out to us at Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH. We can schedule a dental examination with Dr. Kevin Boulard, our general dentist. Our dental team’s intention is to restore your oral health and safeguard your smile from the impacts of gingivitis.


Gingivitis symptoms are not as severe as those associated with advanced periodontitis, but they can interfere with your oral health. Something To Smile About encourages patients to be aware of these signs so they can seek treatment from a dentist as soon as possible. Some symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Chronic bad breath: Plaque and bacteria can cause bad breath that does not necessarily go away after brushing or using mouthwash
  • Swollen or red gums: Gingivitis causes the gums to become inflamed or appear dark red
  • Painful gums: Tender or sore gums may prevent you from enjoying your favorite foods
  • Bleeding gums: You may notice blood on your toothbrush, floss, or in the sink after brushing


Is gingivitis treatable?

Yes. Gingivitis is completely treatable with the help of Dr. Kevin Boulard and his experienced team through the use of advanced dental treatments and enhancements to your personal oral hygiene routine.

How long does it take to treat gingivitis?

In most cases, gingivitis can be eradicated within only about 10 – 14 days after the start of treatment. However, in order to achieve these results, it is important to maintain the oral healthcare routine given to you by our team.

What does gingivitis look like?

Typically, gingivitis causes the gums to look red and swollen. Additionally, they often feel very sensitive and will usually bleed when you brush your teeth. Healthy gums, on the other hand, should be firm, pink, and perfectly fitted around the teeth.


Issues that accompany gingivitis are usually the result of plaque collecting on the teeth caused by less than stellar dental hygiene. This creates a bacterial film that covers the teeth and generally triggers a yellow discoloration. If the plaque is not addressed, gingivitis may escalate to periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. Ideal candidates for gingivitis treatment are patients who experience swollen or tender gums, separated gums, discomfort while chewing, bad breath, or have an infection in the gums.


Dr. Boulard will analyze your teeth and gums during a dental examination before explaining your treatment choices. Typically, he will recommend a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing for more severe cases. The reason for treatment is to remove bacteria and plaque from your gum pockets, and then smooths (planes) the enamel to reduce future buildup. Dr. Boulard may prescribe antibiotics for you to take following your treatment to eliminate any lingering bacteria. Based on the condition of your gum pockets, you may need several deep cleanings for effective treatment.


After the dental cleaning or additional therapies, your gums and teeth might be sore for about a day. It’s very important that you keep a healthy oral hygiene routine to prevent future events of gum infection. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use.


If not addressed in a timely manner, gingivitis can become serious and painful. If you’re experiencing some of the side effects associated with gum disease, contact Something To Smile About to set up an appointment with Dr. Boulard to improve your dental health.