Gingivitis is a bacterial infection within the gums. It's the initial stage of gum disease, and it can be easily treated if you have regular dental care and practice good oral hygiene at home. Gingivitis is extremely common today. In fact, more than 75% of patients in the United States have some level of gingivitis at one point or another.
The signs of gingivitis can include:
These symptoms will grow more severe as time goes on, so as soon as any indicators of gingivitis are noticed it's important to call George Family Dental Care for help.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it may become a more serious type of gum disease known as periodontitis. In periodontitis, the gum inflammation goes into the bone that provides support for the teeth. This causes gum separation in some areas, which gives the bacteria an area to thrive and expand. These deep pockets of decay can eventually expose the root of the tooth, which can become very painful. Eventually, untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and even damage to the jaw.
There are a number of possible reasons for gingivitis, but the main cause of gingivitis is plaque buildup. Plaque accumulates on the teeth every day, but it can be removed with proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Regular dental cleanings at George Family Dental Care are also an important part of removing gingivitis.
Any patient who doesn't practice good oral hygiene is at an increased risk for gingivitis. Other potential risk factors can include:
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