How can you avoid gingivitis? The term for gum inflammation, gingivitis can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms and increase the likelihood of eventually developing gum disease. By taking proper care of your smile you can help protect your smile from the onset of inflammation or the risk of periodontal disease.
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- True or False: Multiple factors can lead to inflammation.
- True or False: Bleeding gums can be a warning sign.
- True or False: Brushing and flossing help prevent inflammation.
- True or False: Dental cleanings can help prevent gum inflammation from becoming gum disease.
- True. One of the most common causes of gum inflammation is plaque buildup. When plaque accumulates on the surface of the teeth, often due to poor oral hygiene, the gingival tissue can become inflamed. In addition, chronic illness, certain medications, hormonal fluctuations, and smoking can also inflame the gum tissue.
- True. Along with bleeding gums, other warning signs may include soreness, red gums, receding gingival tissue, and persistent bad breath. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs. Instead, contact your doctor for a thorough diagnosis and to find out what steps can be taken to address your gingivitis.
- True. When you brush and floss your teeth, you limit the severity of plaque buildup. Doing so can help protect your smile from serious inflammation. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- True. While brushing and flossing can help reduce plaque buildup, only a dental cleaning can completely remove it. You should have a cleaning once every six months to remove plaque buildup and keep your gums healthy. If you have any other questions about preventing gingivitis, then please contact our office today.