What Is Gingivitis?

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For those who are unfamiliar with specific oral conditions and issues, gingivitis is one of the most commonly experienced issues. Simply put, gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. This is often caused by a number of things, most notably, poor oral care. Gingivitis is one of the first stages of gum disease, so it is no small matter. The biggest contributor of this issue is typically plaque. Plaque is the colorless, sticky, soft film of bacteria that constantly forms on the bottoms of the teeth near the gums.

Normally, plaque is removed with a diligent and regimented oral care routine. This includes brushing, flossing and rinsing on a daily basis. You should be brushing your teeth thoroughly and completely at least twice a day, after every meal if you can. Flossing once a day and rinsing after you brush, with high-grade, all-natural mouthwash, is also necessary. This regimented practice helps to eliminate any and all plaque that manages to accumulate near the gums. When plaque is left unchecked and festers in the mouth, it produces toxins that irritate gum tissue.

Signs And Symptoms

Some people are unaware that they actually have gingivitis. They brush their teeth, though perhaps not well enough, so they believe that they have adequate oral health. Thankfully, there are specific signs and symptoms that often accompany gingivitis. Gums that bleed are one of the most common symptoms for those with gingivitis. Swollen and tender gums are also a clear indication that gingivitis may be developing. Also, if you are noticing that your gums are starting to recede or pull away from your teeth, you may be suffering from this condition.

The best way to prevent the occurrence of this oral condition is through adequate daily oral care. But there are also other steps that you can take to ensure the overall health of your mouth and your gums. If you have a poor diet, this can potentially lead to problems with your teeth and gums. Eating foods that will provide the necessary nutrients to your teeth and jawbone are essential. It's also incredibly important to avoid smoking cigarettes or using any other forms of tobacco products. Not only are these products incredibly harmful to your internal health, they also wear down on your teeth and gums leaving negative toxins behind.

Do not make the mistake of ignoring warning signs or symptoms of gingivitis. If left untreated, you could potentially risk further issues and complications along the way. Due to the soft tissue around the teeth weakening, other gum infections, loose teeth or pain may result. If you have crooked teeth, poorly fitted dental appliances, broken fillings or are consuming certain medications, you could be more susceptible to suffering from gingivitis.

Don't be afraid to see your dentist on a regular basis. This will ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned on a regular basis and that plaque can't have a breeding ground that bacteria can so easily feed off of. Taking care of your teeth is of paramount importance.

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