Posted by: Dealon Dental - A DC Dental Company | March 11, 2012

What is Gingivitis? Do I have it? How do I get rid of it?

What is Gingivitis ?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It most commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that are allowed to accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis

Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is more serious and can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Do I have it?

In mild cases of gingivitis, patients may not even know they have it, because symptoms are mild. Those with gingivitis typically have red and puffy gums, and they will most likely bleed when brushing their teeth. Mild or not, the condition should be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

How do I get rid of it?

Generally, gingivitis is easily resolved with good oral hygiene – longer and more frequent brushing, as well as flossing at least once a day. Many find that using an antiseptic mouthwash, alongside proper tooth brushing and flossing also helps. Finding these common dental supplies online like toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash is an easy and affordable way to help keep this issue in check. 

If these common methods of getting rid of gingivitis are not enough, visit your dentist as soon as possible and come back for regular check-ups!

Nipping this disease in the bud is easy and will help you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile!

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