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Gingivitis Info You Should Know?

As we grow older, one of the major threats to our dental health is gingivitis. This threat is why your dental hygienist always asks you how much you have been flossing! It is important to prevent gingivitis, as it can lead to much more serious forms of gum disease. Below we will provide you with information on gingivitis, how you can prevent it, and how Kavanaugh Dentistry can help you fight it!

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is defined, by the Mayo Clinic, as: “…a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth.”  It is important to note that gingivitis is relatively common and anyone can find themselves a victim of it.

How can I prevent Gingivitis?

The best way to prevent gingivitis is to follow the instructions you have heard at the Dentist ever since you were a kid: brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and make sure you receive regular dental checkups (typically once every six months). Additionally, you can incorporate mouthwash into your daily habits to help mitigate gum disease like gingivitis. Furthermore, there are certain habits that can increase your risk of gingivitis, such as the following: older age, tobacco use, poor nutrition, types of medication, and unfortunately, genetics.

What are the symptoms of Gingivitis?

Unless you are hyper-vigilant about your oral health, it is not out of the realm of possibility that you would not even notice the symptoms of gingivitis. Therefore, it is important that you heed the advice of your dental hygienist and Dentist – they aren’t just saying the same things every six months for their own benefit! Gingivitis is a disease that can easily creep up on you if you don’t maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.

The generally-accepted symptoms of gingivitis are:

  • Irritated, swollen, or puffy gums 
  • Gums that bleed when you brush and/or floss 
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gum lines 
  • Tenderness on or around the gums

What treatments are there for Gingivitis?

Obviously, prevention is the best method for avoiding gingivitis. Nevertheless, if you do end up suffering from gingivitis, do not worry, there are treatment options. First off, the best way to help treat gingivitis is to start having better oral hygiene as soon as possible! Secondly, there are certain medications that can help relieve the associated pain – such as topical antiseptics. Third, you can reach out to your dentist for professional cleanings to help mitigate the negative effects of gingivitis. Lastly, it is important to note the following: the sooner you seek treatment, the more likely you are to be able to reverse the damage of gingivitis. So please contact us if you think you might be on the verge of, or currently, suffering from gingivitis.

If you have any questions about gingivitis or need to schedule an appointment, please contact us here.