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Blending the Advances of Modern Medicine With Classic Care

Caring for You Is My Specialty

The Time and Attention You Need

Blending the Advances of Modern Medicine With Classic Care

Caring for You Is My Specialty

The Time and Attention You Need

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of gums that is caused by a buildup of bacteria between the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is a common periodontal condition that can be effectively managed, however if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease and possible tooth loss.

Causes of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is often caused by a buildup of plaque, a film composed of bacteria that coats the teeth after eating. Plaque that is not removed by brushing the teeth can eventually irritate the gums. Gingivitis may also be caused by:

  • Certain drugs or medication
  • Infection
  • Hormonal changes
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Poor nutrition

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Symptoms of gingivitis may include:

  • Swollen and sore gums
  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Gums that bleed easily

Treatment of Gingivitis

Treatment for gingivitis includes a thorough cleaning by a dentist to remove plaque, and proper follow-up care. Patients are encouraged to maintain proper oral hygiene at home to keep gums healthy and reduce bacteria build-up.

Prevention of Gingivitis

Plaque is the most common cause of gingivitis that can be prevented with proper dental hygiene. Other recommendations to prevent gingivitis include:

  • Don't smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Floss and brush teeth daily

It is important to see a dentist promptly if experiencing the signs of gingivitis, to prevent more serious gum disease from occurring.

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