Gingivitis

Gingivitis

What is gingivitis?  This form of gum disease is generally caused by lack of proper oral hygiene, which creates dental plaque buildup. If it remains, plaque hardens into dental tarter. Tartar is nearly impossible to remove with just a toothbrush.

Research indicates that without gingivitis treatment, this condition can occur: Lead to heart disease, increase your risk for stroke, increase the odds that pregnant women will have preterm, low birth weight babies, aggravate existing health conditions, contribute to new medical problems including, diabetes, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.

Gingivitis symptoms can be tough to detect. In the early stages of periodontal disease, there may not be any signs to tell you something is wrong.  Soft, swollen, red gums, bleeding gums, and color change of the gums from pink to dark red, are all signs of gingivitis symptoms.
Gingivitis treatment isn’t as scary or as painful as you might think. Your dentist may use a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. To keep gingivitis symptoms at bay, practice good oral hygiene; brush twice a day, floss daily and use anti-bacterial mouthwash.