Gingivitis -What You Need to Know

Many individuals do not take gum disease seriously because the term “gingivitis” is thrown around so casually in the media. That is not okay with us. While we are joking, we do hope that you will take the time to educate yourself about Midtown Gingivitis so that you can recognize the signs if they ever present themselves.

What Is Gingivitis?

Inflammation of the gums, often known as gingivitis, is the first stage of gum disease. Bacterial infections are the usual culprits.

Why does gingivitis occur?

Plaque is a persistent, sticky, white coating that accumulates on our teeth and causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by the irritant chemicals produced by plaque, which can irritate gum tissue.

What signs do you have gingivitis?

Gingivitis can be so minor that it goes undetected. Gingivitis has many symptoms, but the most prevalent ones are:

  • Gums that are dark pink, magenta, or red and puffy
  • gums that are so sensitive they hurt if you touch them.
  • Toothbrush and flossing-related bleeding
  • Bad breath or halitosis.
  • Gum recession
  • Tender Gums

How can I avoid getting gingivitis?

Gingivitis can be avoided with some basic hygiene practices. We suggest scheduling regular dental checkups every six months as a first step. At your appointment, we will clean your teeth and the area just below your gums to remove plaque and tartar and look for any abnormalities. Regular dental checkups are essential since tartar can only be eliminated by a dentist.

In addition, we suggest you take care of your teeth and gums. This requires a minimum of twice-daily 2-minute gentle brushing of all tooth surfaces and daily flossing. Bonus points if you can reduce your intake of sticky sweets and acidic foods. You can also try to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after each meal.

Methods for treating gingivitis 

Regular dental checkups and diligent self-care can reverse gingivitis in its early, treatable phases. Scaling and root planing is a procedure used to remove tartar and plaque from the root surfaces below the gum line. Surgery may be necessary for advanced cases of gingivitis, but we always look for the least intrusive option when designing your personalized dental treatment plan.

Get help from a dentist today!

Gingivitis can be treated. Periodontal disease is a dangerous condition that can lead to permanent tooth loss if gingivitis is not treated. Periodontal disease destroys the bone and gums that hold teeth in place and is linked to systemic diseases.

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, poor pregnancy outcomes, pneumonia, strokes, and cancer are only some of the diseases that have been linked to periodontal disease, so you must get professional help.

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