Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease; it is an inflammation of the gums usually caused by plaque buildup or some sort of bacterial infection. Gum disease, including Gingivitis, can develop at any age, but it is more common among adults. If you notice any of the following signs of Gingivitis, please contact us or your local dentist immediately.
Swollen, tender, or puffy gums
Teeth that look longer due to receding gums
Changes in the way your teeth fit together
Gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing
Gum color has changed from pink to red
Bad breath or consistent bad taste in your mouth
If Gingivitis is left untreated, it could develop into a more serious infection known as periodontitis. To prevent Gingivitis from occurring, good oral hygiene is essential.
How to Prevent Gingivitis
You can help stop gingivitis from developing by doing the following things:
Adequate and proper brushing and flossing to remove plaque and tartar buildup
Healthy eating to ensure proper nutrition for your jawbone and teeth
Avoiding the use of cigarettes or other forms of tobacco