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The Truth About
Gingivitis is a non-destructive, very common gum disease, usually caused by plaque build-up and reversed very easily with a diligent dental hygiene regimen.
Gingivitis often manifests as red, swollen, or tender gums. Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing teeth is also a common sign of gingivitis.
Is it important to treat gingivitis quickly?
Due to the common nature of gingivitis, the symptoms can be difficult to recognize, and many individuals don’t even realize they have it. If gingivitis goes untreated for too long, however, it can lead to bone and tissue damage, or even tooth loss. It is always best to treat gingivitis promptly after diagnosis.
What are my options?
Treatments for Gingivitis
- Brushing and flossing after every meal are excellent ways to prevent plaque buildup, and therefore lessen the chances of developing gingivitis.
- Thorough removal of plaque and tartar build-up by a dental hygenist
- A clinical mouth rinse may be prescribed in some cases.