What is Gingivitis?

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Though it is one of the leading oral health afflictions and affects millions of people worldwide, gingivitis often goes unnoticed by those who have it. A mild form of gum disease, this illness is characterized by swelling of the gums.

The build up of food-borne bacteria (caused by inadequate oral hygiene and improper cleaning habits) causes excessive amounts of plaque to accumulate, which in effect emit toxins that disturb the tissue. The result is a swollen gum line that is tender to the touch and that often bleeds when brushed.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Dentists can often determine the extent of gingivitis by measuring how far the gums are raised on the teeth. It is important to note that if left untreated, this disease can develop into a more serious condition known as periodontal disease, which has been known to cause a wide range of health problems not limited to the mouth. Numerous scientific studies have shown correlations between periodontal disease and life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

The easiest way to tell if you have gingivitis is to examine your gums. If they are red instead of light pink, you know an infection is present. As well, if your gums bleed when you are brushing your teeth, this is indicative of swelling. Remember, you can brush your teeth on a regular basis and still develop gingivitis if you are not also flossing and using mouthwash regularly.

Brushing alone is not enough to oust food particles from all the crevices in your mouth. The only permanent solution to get rid of built-up plaque and tartar is to keep current with your dental cleanings. Tartar is the solidified form of plaque that has been left in the mouth for longer than three days and it requires scaling, a common technique employed by our dentists in Norcross, to be removed.

Take this message from your Norcross dentists to heart and keep your mouth healthy.