When we brush and floss, we know that we’re helping to keep our mouths healthy and prevent plaque and diseases. One disease you likely hear about often is gingivitis, but you may not have all the important facts about this oral issue.
Gingivitis is a gum disease that is caused by bacteria due to plaque build-up. If left untreated, this common gum ailment can lead to more serious problems, such as periodontitis, which damages the gum’s soft tissue and the bones that support your teeth.
But how do you know when you have gingivitis? It may be apparent by the inflammation of the gums, as well as bleeding while flossing. Gums may also appear to be tender and red, and teeth may seem more sensitive than usual. However, sometimes gingivitis has no visible symptoms at all. This is why it is important to keep up with a daily routine of dental care to prevent gingivitis and other gum diseases associated with it.
The reason that gingivitis is such a common oral disease is because of poor dental health habits. When plaque is left on the teeth and gums due not brushing well enough and not flossing, it hardens and becomes tartar. Since plaque can build below the gumline, it can then cause an infection.
Luckily, it can be easy to prevent and treat. The first step is proper oral care, by brushing twice daily and flossing daily as well. Mouthwash can also be beneficial for cleaning out any food debris below the gumline. In addition, a healthy and balanced diet can be beneficial, since what you eat has a big impact on your dental health. Regular dentist appointments are important, as you may not know when you have gingivitis or other gum diseases. Dental cleanings and check-ups will ensure that you’re in the clear, and your dentist will offer advice and treatment options if gum disease is already apparent.
To book your appointment at Southeast Dental in Markham, fill out our online form, or call us anytime at 905-471-2002. If you have questions or concerns about gingivitis and other gum diseases, our dental team is here to help.