Gingivitis is one of the most common periodontal diseases, often occurring due to an accumulation of plaque on one’s teeth. While gingivitis is a non-destructive periodontal disease, over time, when left untreated it can eventually lead to significant damage and even tooth loss. Thankfully, gingivitis can often be solved with good oral hygiene, from longer brushing times to flossing.
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis can vary in severity as the disease progresses. Here are some things you should look out for on your own:
- Bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Swollen gums
- Dark red gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gum lines
- Tender gums
While poor dental hygiene is one of the most common causes of gingivitis, there are a variety of factors that can make one more at-risk for the disease. These factors include:
- Drug use
- Poor diet
- Family history
As previously mentioned, symptoms of gingivitis can range in severity, often making it difficult for people to detect on their own. The best way to prevent tooth decay caused by gingivitis is to maintain proper oral hygiene, as well as your biannual visit to your dentist’s office. A dentist will be able to detect the early signs of gingivitis during your examination so you can treat it before it progresses.
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