Gingivitis is one of those dental terms we might throw around when talking to you about the dangers of bad oral hygiene. But what is gingivitis and how exactly do you get it?
WebMD defines, gingivitis as, “an inflammation of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth, and is an early stage of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, which can be a major cause of tooth loss in adults.” Gingivitis can sometimes be painless and, therefore, people may be unaware they have it. However, seeing our dentists regularly will help you avoid this!
“One of the primary factors contributing to gingivitis is plaque buildup, a sticky colorless deposit of bacteria that regularly forms on teeth. These bacteria build up and can create byproducts that can damage the gums,” WebMD explains. Although gingivitis is a reversible form of gum disease, it can lead to more serious forms if it isn’t treated right away. If you have any of the following symptoms listed on WebMD, then you may have gingivitis:
- Mild inflammation of the gums due to plaque buildup
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
If you are every having problems with your gums or teeth call our office because we want you to have great oral hygiene and a smile you are proud of. Call Artistic Touch Dentistry at 321.724.1400 to schedule an appointment with our dentists to make sure you don’t have gingivitis!