Gingivitis is a common and pesky gum disease. More than 200,000 people in the United States deal with it every year. If your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss or you’re noticing that your gums are extra red, swollen or tender, you could be dealing with gingivitis.
When there is a build-up of plaque on your teeth your gums will become irritated and inflamed. This is why it’s so important to brush and floss twice a day. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis is when the inner layer of your gums and bone pull away from your teeth and form pockets. The small spaces between your gums and teeth will collect debris and become infected.
Although lack of flossing and brushing is the main cause of gingivitis, other causes include:
- Hormonal Changes during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation.
- Medications can sometimes dry your mouth out. Saliva protects your gums and teeth so make sure to stay extra hydrated when on medications.
- Smoking & chewing tobacco are not only terrible for your entire health, but for your oral health as well.
Obviously there are certain things you cannot avoid, such as hormonal changes, but there are some actions you can take in order to help prevent gum disease. Again, make sure you are brushing and flossing twice a day to prevent gingivitis. Other measure you can take are:
- Sticking to a proper diet
- Visiting your dentist every six months
- Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
If you are noticing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please call us to set up an appointment so that we can get your gums back on the right track! We’re here for all your dental needs and questions and we’d love to help you in getting the smile you deserve and proper oral health to keep you going!