Don't Let Gingivitis Keep You From Smiling

YOU’RE SITTING IN THE DENTAL CHAIR, everything going as planned at your clinical hygiene appointment, until your dentist tells you that the bleeding you've been experiencing when brushing and flossing is a sign of gingivitis. If you haven’t heard of gingivitis before you’re probably thinking, “What is gingivitis? Is it serious? Is it treatable?”

We’ve compiled all the information you need to know about gingivitis so you can keep your smile healthy!

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums characterized by gum irritation, redness, swelling and sometimes bleeding. Symptoms of gingivitis are fairly mild and can even be painless. Visiting your dentist regularly is important so gingivitis can be diagnosed at an early stage, especially if symptoms are not obvious.

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal, or gum disease, and should be taken seriously. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to full-blown gum disease, which can lead to receding and damaged gums as well as bone and tooth loss.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is usually the result of inefficient home oral hygiene. When plaque is not removed consistently and frequently by brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque hardens and turns into what is called tartar. Plaque and tartar buildup around the gum line cause gum irritation and inflammation or, in other words, gingivitis.

Other factors can absolutely contribute to the development of gingivitis such as hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy), smoking, certain medications or illnesses and genetic predisposition.

Is Gingivitis Reversible?

Finding out you have gingivitis can be worrisome but here’s the good news: consistent and efficient oral hygiene practices and professional dental hygiene appointments can, in most cases, rid you of gingivitis.

Proper home therapy techniques not only prevents gingivitis, but reduces symptoms as well. Professional cleanings as recommended by your dentist will address those areas that you may be missing or unable to reach at home, decreasing the buildup of plaque and biofilm. Regular use of an antibacterial mouthwash can assist in keeping bacteria found in plaque at bay in between dental hygiene appointments, effectively preventing and

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treating gingivitis.

So, yes, gingivitis is reversible! By treating it early and following the instructions of your dental care provider,

you can treat gingivitis and smile on!

Keep Your Smile Healthy

A smile shouldn’t only be happy, it should be healthy too! Your oral health is the gateway to your overall health and wellness. So if you find you may be experiencing gingivitis symptoms, schedule your dental hygiene appointment today and you’ll have your healthy smile back in no time.

If you have any questions regarding your oral health, call Sunny Days Dental today or leave us a Facebook message. We’re always glad to address your concerns!

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