On more than one occasion, your dentist probably talked about gingivitis. They emphasize taking care of your teeth and gums for a reason! To not have problems like gingivitis later down the road.
So, what exactly IS gingivitis?
It’s the inflammation of your gums which occurs because of plaque, or bacteria, accumulated on your teeth. YUCK!
Signs of gingivitis may include red and puffy gums that bleed easily when you’re brushing.
To prevent gingivitis, practice good oral hygiene like frequent brushing and flossing. Also, use an antiseptic mouthwash.
However, it’s not just poor oral hygiene that can cause gingivitis, it’s also:
- Changes in hormones.
- Cancer, diabetes, and HIV are all linked to a higher risk of gingivitis.
- Certain medications.
- Age: Your gingivitis risk increases with age.
- Poor diet: Your body has a lack of Vitamin-C.
- Family history: If mom and dad, or even your grandparents had gingivitis, you have a higher risk of developing it too.
During your next checkup, your dentist will check for symptoms. If gingivitis is diagnosed early, your dentist will provide treatment and possible follow-up procedures.
Remember: Practice good oral care to keep gingivitis out of your hair!