Gingivitis, also commonly known as “Gum Disease” is a condition where bacteria form in your mouth and that bacteria is called plaque. The reason we are told to brush at least twice a day is so that plaque doesn’t build up in your teeth. If plaque is left alone, it can harden and turn into what is called “tartar”. Tartar, just like plaque, attracts bacteria that can irritate your gum line and cause inflammation and redness, when that happens the gums tend to bleed. Over time, if left untreated, gingivitis can start to eat away at not only the gum line, but your teeth as well, which can cause your teeth to become increasingly exposed, leading them to loosen up and fall out.

Symptoms

Gingivitis really is a nasty disease. If you want to know if you might have Gum Disease, here are some common symptoms:

  • Bad breath that just won’t go away
  • Redness of the gums
  • Inflamed gums
  • Gums that bleed whenever they are brushed or flossed
  • Exposed teeth at the gum line
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive gums and/or teeth
  • Bite is offset

If you have any of these problems you should contact your dentist as soon as possible just to get a quick check up.

Prevention/Treatment

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You are probably wanting to go brush your teeth right now, but hang on, this part is important. If you think you might have gingivitis or maybe just want clean, nice teeth, there are a few very simple things you can do to insure this disease doesn’t get the best of you.

  • Just like your parents would always say, BRUSH YOUR TEETH.
  • Ideally, you should floss once a day. At the very least it should be 3 times a week.
  • If you are a smoker, quitting will definitely make it easier on your mouth.
  • If all else fails, you can get your teeth deep cleaned by your dentist.
  • If gingivitis case is very serious, there is a procedure called a “Flap Surgery” where the gums are folded back so the doctors can scrape the tartar from deep inside (gross, I know).

Long story short, if you keep your teeth in good shape, you should never have to worry about getting gingivitis. If you do have gingivitis, start brushin’!