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Steele Creek Gum Disease

What is Gingivitis?

Did you know that 75% of Americans experience gum disease? Early gum disease, Gingivitis, can be treated and prevented.

What is Gingivitis

Gingivitis is caused by plaque that contains bacteria and releases toxins that irritate the gums. Gingivitis is characterized by swollen, red, puffy or inflamed gums. It is crucial to manage gingivitis so it does not progress into a more severe form of gum disease.

The best way to combat gingivitis is by removing plaque daily. Smoking, stress, hormonal change, poor nutrition and chronic disease can also increase the risk of gingivitis.

Treatment and Prevention of Gingivitis

Remember to keep your teeth free of plaque.

  1. Brush twice daily with antigingivitis paste
  2. Use an antigingivitis mouthwash to rinse thoroughly.
  3. Use a manual or electric toothbrush with soft bristles.
  4. Flossing daily is recommended.
  5. Visit your dental professional regularly.

What is the difference between gingivitis, and advanced periodontal disease?

Periodontitis and gingivitis are two “stages” in periodontal disease, or gum disease. Gingivitis, the first form of gum disease, is characterized by red, inflamed and swollen gums. If not treated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. In this stage, gums pull away and bacteria can cause infection. This can damage teeth as well as their supporting bone. The leading cause of tooth decay is periodontitis. Periodontitis may cause permanent damage. To prevent gingivitis and more severe gum disease, follow a strict oral care routine.

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