What is Gingivitis?

Most people do not mind the inflammation of their gums or rather the reddening, swelling and bleeding of gums. Whenever you are in this instance please do something about it. This only means that you have Gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease and it is also the easiest mouth problem to cure. Its cause is plaque or the sticky, soft colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on our gums and teeth. Plaque produces poisons that irritates the gum tissues. Nevertheless, we can remove the plaque through proper mouth sanitizing such as brushing and flossing.

No one wants to lose their teeth. That is why it is best to evade having a more serious mouth problem than gingivitis such as periodontitis causing a permanent damage to both teeth and jaw. Always mind that the gum disease may still be cured while it is still on its early stage because the tissue and bone of the teeth is not yet affected at this point in time.

How do you know if you have gingivitis?

Classic signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another sign of gum disease is gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance. Gum disease can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums, where plaque and food debris collect. Some people may experience recurring bad breath or a bad taste in their mouth, even if the disease is not advanced.

How can you prevent gingivitis?

Brush and floss your teeth properly so to remove the plaque, debris and the building up of tartar. Avoid smoking nicotine and eat nutritious food so to avoid any mouth diseases. Nonetheless, do visit your dentist regularly. There are hardened plaque and tartar that only a professional can remove. And so they say, prevention is better than cure.