What are the warning signs of gingivitis?
‘I never thought it would happen to me…’ The lament of regular normal people that assumed they were taking good enough care of their teeth. There are some things that should not be cared for on a “Good Enough” basis: babies, bathrooms, and teeth… there might be a few more.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis literally means gum disease; it actually has little to do with your teeth. Teeth can be cleaned regularly, even well, but without putting any effort into the gums, gum disease can still take hold.
What causes Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is caused by bacteria that lives in the mouth and gathers on the teeth as a slimy film. The slime cements itself to teeth as plaque and begins eating away at teeth and gums. Gums recognize the threat and begin to retreat, literally. Gums will begin to back further and further toward the roots of teeth, exposing more and more of the teeth to be attacked by the plaque.
Do I have Gingivitis?
If the plaque gets under the gum-line the gums will become red, irritated, inflamed and swollen; those are the tell-tale signs of gingivitis. Other signs of gingivitis to look out for are:
- Bleeding gums while brushing/ flossing
- Sores inside the mouth
- Chronic bad breath
What should I do if I think I have Gingivitis?
It’s important to make an appointment with us if you have these symptoms. Regular cleanings and proper oral hygiene habits can prevent gingivitis. Once we have the plaque under control, you should be able to keep your gums clean on your own.