The Sticky Truth About Gingivitis

The Sticky Truth About Gingivitis

YOU FIND YOURSELF AT THE DENTIST for a normal six month checkup. You think everything is going great till the dentist says those three little words- you have gingivitis!
Thoughts begin to race through your mind. “What is gingivitis? Is there a treatment? How serious is this?”

No need to worry, we have amassed all the information you need to ease your fears and keep your smile happy and healthy!

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild and common form of gum disease. It causes redness, swelling, irritation, and sometimes even bleeding of your gingiva- the part of your gum located around the base of the tooth.
The symptoms are fairly mild and often times are painless in nature. This is why routine dental visits are important in order for gingivitis to be diagnosed. If ignored or left untreated gingivitis can
progress to full-blown gum disease as well as receding and damaged gums and even bone and tooth loss.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Simply put, the most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene which leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar. Daily brushing and flossing is an effective tool to remove plaque from your teeth.
When the plaque is not removed it begins to harden in tartar. The longer the plaque and tarter remain on your teeth the more they irritate the gingiva and cause irritation and inflammation or, in other
words, gingivitis.

Some other factors which may increase your risk of gingivitis include:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy)
  • Dry mouth
  • Certain medications
  • Medical conditions that decrease immunity
  • And even your genetic predisposition

Are There Treatment Options?

The goal of any gingivitis treatment is to promote reattachment of healthy gums to the teeth, reduce inflammation and irritation as well as the risk of infection, and stop the disease progression.

So, yes, gingivitis can be treated and many times reversed! By obtaining an early diagnosis, getting professional cleanings at least twice a year, daily brushing and flossing, and even using an antibacterial
mouth wash gingivitis can be reversed and the progression of gum disease can be stopped!

Keep Your Smile Happy and Healthy

Good oral health is not only important to our appearance but plays an integral role to our overall health and wellness. Poor oral health has been linked to many other serious health conditions such as
heart disease and diabetes. Maintaining a happy healthy smile should be a priority in all stages of life. Our office wants to assist you with any issues or concerns you may be experiencing or have. Please
call us today to schedule your next appointment!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.