Gingivitis Treatments at All Smiles Dentistry
Over 75% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease; most don’t even know it.
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and seek treatment promptly.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular teeth cleanings are the best way to prevent and reverse gingivitis.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Tender gums
- Dark red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
If you notice any of the above symptoms, then schedule an appointment with our office. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from gingivitis and preventing its progression to periodontics.
What Causes Gingivitis?
Poor oral hygiene is the main cause behind gingivitis as it encourages plaque to form on the teeth which inflame the surrounding gum tissues. Here is how plaque leads to gingivitis:
- Plaque forms on your teeth
Plaque requires daily removal and if you are not brushing and flossing daily it can allow this invisible, sticky film composed mainly of bacteria to form on your teeth.
- Plaque turns into tartar
When plaque stays on your teeth it can harden under your gumline turning into tartar which collects bacteria. Tartar makes the plaque difficult to remove and creates a protective shield for bacteria and causes irritation along the gumline.
- Gingiva become inflamed (gingivitis)
The longer the plaque and tartar remain on your teeth the more they irritate the gingiva which is the part of your gum at the base of your teeth. As the inflammation grows, your gums become swollen and bleed easily. Tooth decay is also possible.
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