Today we're going to talk about Gingivitis! BORING!
Gingivitis....what the Heck is that!
Well, it's one of those things you really don't want to get, you may have it and you really don't know what it is. Gingivitis, is a term used to describe inflammation of the gums.
In fact, one of the reasons you should brush twice a day, and floss once a day is to prevent Gingivitis. Gingivitis begins with plaque, a clear sticky substance that forms on your teeth every day. Plaque contains bacteria or germs that cause gingivitis and tooth decay, which is why is essential to brush and floss each day. If plaque is left unchecked, it will eventually harden into tartar which can only be removed by the dentist.
What Gingivitis Leads To...
Gingivitis left untreated can lead to gum diseases including periodontitis and other oral cancers, which are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.
The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or manyteeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.
Here are the warning signs for gingivitis, if you have ANY of the following signs call the office for an appointment.
- Your gums may be a bit red and bleed when you brush
- Your gums appear and feel puffy
- You find traces of blood on your toothbrush
Remember, the good news is gingivitis can be prevented and if started can be reversed. Gingivitis is really one of those things you don't want to get!
Five Simple Steps to Prevent Gingivitis
Take these 5 simple steps to prevent gingivitis and to maintain good oral health:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste and floss once a day to remove plaque between teeth.
- Check your gums regularly. Look for the warning signs of gingivitis and report them to the dentist right away.
- See your dentist for regular check ups, and schedule a professional cleaning to remove stains and built up tartar.
- Eat healthy foods for your oral health as well as your overall health. Eating excess sugar is one of the primary causes of dental problems.
- Don't smoke. Smoking is a major contributor to; dental problems and may cause oral cancer.
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We have the training, clinical skill and knowledge to diagnose your oral health condition and advise you on the appropriate treatment and care. Provided you look after them, your teeth will look good and stay healthy for life. Brush twice daily, floss once daily and see us regularly for great dental health. Pick up the phone now to book your next regular check up or cleaning.