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What Is Gingivitis?

Many people often ignore the early signs of gum disease (gingivitis)
Gum disease has been connected to serious diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

Gingivitis is a mild, in most cases reversible form of gum disease. Affecting the gingival tissue that surrounds your teeth, bacteria that invade the area below your gumline cause gingivitis to develop and -if left untreated – eventually manifest into periodontitis.

The early warning signs of gingivitis are often mistaken as normal. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
– Bad breath
– Red, puffy, and inflamed gums
– Bleeding after brushing and flossing

The causes associate with gingivitis vary, but typically include:
– Improper or infrequent brushing and flossing
– Trapped plaque in hard to reach places, such as around the wisdom teeth, above and below orthodontic bands and brackets, or fixed appliances
– Teeth that are crooked or overlap each other
– Certain medications that cause xerostomia or gingival enlargement
– Tobacco use
– Diabetes
– Pregnancy and oral contraceptives

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Duboff for a dental check up because there is a fine line between gingivitis and periodontitis.
lease not that gingivitis is a reversible condition; treated with professional cleanings to remove plaque and calculus build up along with regular home maintenance that may include a prescribed antibacterial mouth rinse.
If left untreated or improperly treated, gingivitis will progress into periodontitis, which is irreversible and often leads to tooth loss.

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