Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums which, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, or gum disease. Gingivitis is characterized by several easily-recognizable symptoms and is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth and gum line. Today, we want to discuss these signs and symptoms, as well as give you a few ways to manage your oral hygiene at home to avoid costly dentist trips.
At Sweetwater Dental in Rock Springs, WY, we believe that our patients should be equipped with as much knowledge as possible when it comes to the health of their teeth and gums. However, there’s no substitute for regular dental trips to maintain those pearly whites and ensure the health of your teeth long term. If you’re in need of a cleaning, don’t hesitate to call our office today.
What is Gingivitis?
As we mentioned before, gingivitis is a condition marked by inflammation of the gums. It’s caused by the build of plaque which is the soft, sticky film left behind by bacteria in the mouth. Usually, plaque is removed by brushing and flossing, but if you don’t brush and floss properly (or often enough), it will begin to produce toxins and harden into something called tartar, creating even more inflammation and infection.
7 Symptoms of Gingivitis
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or painful gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Gums that have pulled away or receded from teeth
- Elongated teeth
- Bad taste in the mouth even after brushing
- Chronic bad breath
How to Prevent Gingivitis
In order to prevent gingivitis, good oral hygiene must be practiced. Daily brushing and flossing is necessary to remove plaque and bacteria. Mouthwash can be particularly helpful when used in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, but alone has minimal effects and is not recommended. More importantly, however, scheduling regular visits with Dr. Taylor will also ensure that hard-to-remove plaque and tartar are taken care of before they cause permanent damage.
Finally, eating a nutrient-rich diet will also supply jaw bones, teeth, and gums with the nutrition they need to stay healthy and strong. This includes avoiding harmful foods and substances like too much sugar, tobacco, and acidic sodas. We’ve provided a few foods to include in your diet below:
- Leafy Greens
Schedule Your Cleaning in Rock Springs Today!
If you suspect you may have gingivitis, or are just in need of a regular cleaning, Sweetwater Dental is here to help. Dr. Taylor and his team of experienced staff work hard to provide a comfortable, relaxing environment to all their patients, along with high-quality dental care you can depend on.
Schedule your cleaning or appointment by calling 307.382.2707 or click here to see more of our services.