What Is Gingivitis?

What Is Gingivitis?

Posted by McConnell Dental Care on Apr 11 2022, 01:35 PM

Gingivitis is caused by plaque formation on teeth. It is an inflammation of the gums that affects most adults at some point in their life. It causes mild symptoms initially but can progress into more severe conditions if not treated properly. 

Gingivitis irritates the gingiva, making it swell and become red. People with gingivitis have receding and tender gums. Their gums bleed easily while brushing and flossing. There is a persistent bad breath in the person suffering from gingivitis. 

Causes of Gingivitis

Poor oral hygiene is the most important cause of gingivitis. Poor oral health encourages plaque to build up on teeth. This causes inflammation of the neighboring gum tissues. 

When starches and sugar interact with bacteria found in the mouth, plaque forms on the teeth. It should be removed daily as it re-forms and can harden to form tartar. 

Tartar breeds bacteria and is difficult to remove. It irritates the gum line as it creates a protective shield for bacteria. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove the formation of tartar. 

The plaque and tartar irritate the gingiva as they stay in the teeth for a longer time. They cause inflammation around the base of the teeth. This makes the gum swollen and bleed easily and also results in tooth loss. Gingivitis often leads to periodontal disease if not treated properly. It can also lead to tooth loss in some people. 

Smoking or chewing tobacco increases the risk for gingivitis. Dry mouth, poor nutrition, and older age paves way for gingivitis to develop. 

Certain medical conditions or hormonal changes make it easier for them to formulate. Patients with cancer, diabetes, and HIV are more prone to gingivitis. Puberty, menopause, or pregnancy raise the risk of gum inflammation as they become more sensitive during that time. 

How to Prevent Gingivitis?

It is important to ensure that one takes proper care of their dental hygiene. It is critical to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Flossing should be practiced before going to bed at least once a day. Dentists recommend brushing the teeth after every meal. 

Dental hygienists should be consulted after every six months. They perform X-rays that help identify diseases that are not seen visually. The patients should practice healthy eating habits and should maintain a balanced diet. 

Schedule an appointment with McConnell Dental Care if you notice any symptoms of gingivitis. Visit us at 263 Country Club Dr #102, Stansbury Park, UT 84074. Contact us at (435) 249-0482 or visit our website to book an appointment with us. 

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