Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a disease that occurs in the mouth along the gum line. It is the result of bacteria that causes plaque buildup. If left untreated it can cause several dental problems. The best way to prevent this disease is by brushing your teeth and using a mouth wash that contains antibacterial agents to kill the germs that cause this disease.

A person should brush their teeth regularly. A typical schedule should include brushing in the morning upon waking, after snacks and meals, and again before going to sleep. While most adults can follow a regular schedule, they should work with their children to help develop good brushing habits. Flossing your teeth can also help to remove food particles caught in-between the teeth that promotes bacteria growth that causes gingivitis.

Symptoms of gingivitis can vary depending on the stage of the disease. Early detection is important to prevent further development. If you find that your gums bleed easily after brushing, are swollen, sore or tender, you may have the early stages of the disease. Failure to change your dental habits can cause the disease to turn into gum disease.

If you notice your gums receding where more of the tooth is exposed you have gingivitis and the early stages of gum disease. The receding gums can be stopped and growth will occur once the problem is treated. What happens is food particles are caught in the gum and if not removed will turn into bacteria irritating the gums, causing them to recede. Pockets of plaque will build up in areas that brushing alone will no longer reach. The only way to remove this plaque is through regular dental care where your dentist will clean the pockets and remove the plaque buildup.

Other habits can cause the gum to recede and promote gingivitis and gum disease. Smoking and using chewing tobacco products will irritate the gums. Once the gums become irritated they will start to recede allowing for gingivitis to occur. Quitting these habits sooner, rather than later, will reverse these effects. Breathing through your mouth can also cause your gums to recede. While it may be difficult to change this habit, knowing that it is causing the disease can help with treatment.

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