Do you think you have gingivitis? A Bluewater Dentist will help you treat it and prevent the symptoms from reoccurring in the future. What is the cause of gingivitis? Follow this advice to find out all you need to!
Gingivitis: All You Need to Know – Advice from Bluewater Dentist
What is Gingivitis?
A very common and mild form of gum disease, gingivitis causes inflammation, redness and irritation to the gingiva – the part of the gum which is surrounds the base of your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis could lead to a more serious type of gum disease called periodontitis, which could then result in tooth loss.
What is the cause of gingivitis?
A common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. To make sure you practice good oral hygiene; brush twice daily, floss every day and attend regular dental check up appointments. Take a look at our last post to learn more simple steps you can take to ensure that you have healthy gums, and not gingivitis!
How does poor oral hygiene lead to gingivitis?
- If you have bad dental health, plaque will form on your teeth. You can’t see plaque, it’s a sticky film which is made when starch and sugar from foods interact with the bacteria present in your mouth. It re-forms quickly after it’s removal, why is why you need to brush and floss daily.
- If plaque isn’t removed from your teeth, it will harden and turn into tartar. Tartar makes plaque much more difficult to get rid of, as it creates a protective shield for bacteria and results in an irritated gums. You need to get your teeth professionally cleaned to remove any tartar!
- If plaque and tartar remain on your teeth for a long period of time, they will irritate the gingiva. Left untreated, your gums will be very swollen and bleed easily – this is gingivitis. If you still don’t make a dental appointment when you have gingivitis, the condition will worsen and you’ll develop periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Book a dental check up to avoid developing gingivitis and loosing your teeth!
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
- Inflamed gums (swollen or puffy)
- Dark red gums
- Bleeding gums when brushed or flossed
- Bad breath
- Tender gums
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