Gingivitis | Symptoms, Causes | How Can We Prevent Gum Disease?

GINGIVITIS: CAN WE PREVENT IT?

Did your dentist ever tell you “you have a gingivitis?” Gingivitis is very common gum disease and it affects nearly 70% of the adult population according to the data findings by CDC. Poor oral hygiene is one of the major causes but there are other reasons why a person can have Gingivitis.

Gingivitis, this is the most common form of periodontal diseases. Chronic gingivitis may possibly lead to a receding gum and can be a forebearer of periodontitis.

WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?

This is simply an inflammation of the gums which is the initial stage of gum disease and is the easiest to treat.

The primary cause of it is a bacterial plaque. What is plaque? It’s the soft, sticky, colorless film that forms constantly on the teeth and gums. It especially appears on the teeth immediately after eating carbohydrates. This biofilm is a perfect housing for bacteria to thrive, causing damage to your teeth and gum tissue.

If the plaque around your teeth is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it will quickly produce toxins which can irritate the gum tissue. This can cause gingivitis.

If left untreated, especially for a long time; gingivitis can become periodontitis and can cause permanent damage to your teeth, gum tissue and bone.

WHAT ARE ITS CAUSES?

As mentioned above, Plaque is the primary cause of Gingivitis. It exists because of the bacterial infection around the gums. The likelihood of developing this gum disease varies greatly between each patient and the following points are the summary of various researches.

WHAT ARE ITS SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS?

WHEN SHOULD SOMEONE SEEK DENTAL CARE?

Always communicate with your dentist. It’s a combined effort involving (1) good home dental hygiene – regular proper brushing and flossing and; (2) regular dental visits should be often all that is needed to treat and prevent having serious gum diseases.

Gingivitis can usually be managed at home with a good dental hygiene among the professional cleaning every 4-6 months. If gingivitis continues despite the effort to prevent it, we need to investigate the possibility of an underlying illness. If there are other situations for which the signs and symptoms are coinciding, consult medical attention.

HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT?

Gingivitis can be easily prevented by regular dental checkups. It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth which left untreated, can become one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults.

It is usually painless, however, you may not know you already have Gingivitis. This is why a combination of a regular checkup and cleaning visits to a dentist is extremely important. Please contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan – this is a first guaranteed way to prevent gingivitis!

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