What is Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. Bacteria is the common cause. In the form of plaque, bacteria covers your teeth and infects your gums. Gingivitis is less destructive than periodontitis, but if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to become periodontitis.

Causes

The most common cause of gingivitis is bacterial plaque building up on and around your teeth. Your immune system responds to the bacteria and can result in the degradation of your gingival tissue and eventually your teeth. There are other causes like:

  • Changes in hormones.
  • Cancer, Diabetes, and HIV have been linked to gingivitis.
  • Drugs.
  • Smoking.
  • Family history.

Sign and Symptoms

Gingivitis can be seen in a few symptoms. Inflamed gums are a common sign. The gums can be red or purple and tender to the touch. Ever notice bleeding when you floss? Bad Breath? Receding Gums? These are all signs and symptoms of gingivitis. Keep an eye out for these symptoms. Gingivitis can be taken care of easily if treated early on.

Treatment at Eagle Rock Dental Care

If gingivitis is caught early, we will remove the plaque buildup and discuss methods of keeping your teeth safe. Your in-home options for treating gingivitis as well as preventing it are the following:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (preferably right after meals).
  • Flossing in between your teeth at least once a day.
  • Regularly rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. We can recommend one on your next visit.

At Eagle Rock Dental Care we provide a personalized and comfortable experience. We have dental offices in Idaho Falls, Rexburg, and Arco, Idaho. If you would like to make an appointment with your Idaho Falls dentist office or one of our locations in Rexburg or Arco please contact us or request an appointment online.

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