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What Is Gingivitis?

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Brandon Cooley
What Is Gingivitis?The gingiva, or the area of gum that surrounds the base of your teeth, becomes irritated, red, and swollen as a result of gingivitis, a frequent and mild form of gum disease. It is critical to treat gingivitis quickly and seriously. Periodontitis, a far more serious form of gum disease, and tooth loss can result from gingivitis. Poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of gingivitis. Gingivitis can be prevented and treated with good oral hygiene practices include brushing at least twice a day, flossing once per day, and scheduling routine dental exams.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Plaque is a naturally occurring sticky film that forms on the teeth and gums and contains germs. It is this film that causes gingivitis. Plaque-forming microorganisms release toxins that can irritate the gums and cause them to become red, swollen, puffy, and even bleed. You could get gingivitis as a result of several circumstances.

If you experience some of the following, pay close attention to your teeth and gums and consult with your dentist and dental hygienist about what you can do to maintain oral health. One of the biggest risk factors for gum disease is smoking or using tobacco, which can also reduce the likelihood of a favorable outcome from treatment. According to research, smokers have a seven-fold increased risk of developing gum disease compared to non-smokers. One of the many readily avoidable causes of gingivitis is poor dental hygiene, such as failing to brush or floss regularly.

Gingivitis Treatment and Prevention

We recognize that you may be concerned about what to do if you have gingivitis or suspect that you could have it. Do not worry though. Gingivitis is treatable and preventive with crest and the assistance of our dentist and hygienist. For more information call us today.

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