Gingivitis is among the most common oral health issues. It is especially prevalent in adults over 40. Unfortunately, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to significant oral health issues. However, it can be effectively treated, which can help prevent further symptoms from developing. Here’s what you need to know about gingivitis.
Signs and Symptoms
Gingivitis often leads to swollen gums that appear red or purple. Your gums might be painful or tender. Gingivitis can also involve bleeding when brushing and flossing. Additionally, bad breath is often a side-effect of gingivitis. A build-up of plaque or tartar is sometimes visible as well. Many people have gingivitis without knowing, as symptoms do not always appear in early stages.
Gingivitis can often be prevented through proper oral hygiene habits. Your best line of defense is brushing twice each day for two minutes each time. It is also essential to clean between your teeth daily. This helps to prevent the buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria. As plaque builds up near the gum line, gingivitis can develop.
Gingivitis can be effectively treated in our office. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to additional serious periodontal issues. Severe periodontal disease can cause your gums to recede, eventually leading to tooth loss. Seek help if your gums have been a source of trouble or discomfort for you.
Talk to our experienced periodontal team if you have experienced symptoms of gingivitis. Gingivitis can be managed effectively if you seek the proper treatment. If you smoke, have diabetes, are elderly, or take certain medications, you are at a higher risk for developing gingivitis. Be good to your gums by brushing twice each day and flossing daily. Keeping your teeth free of plaque is the simplest way to keep your gums healthy.
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