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Gum disease: gingivitis

Posted on 16/09/2017
Gum disease: gingivitis

Or when you bite into an apple? Do they start to bleed for no reason? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time to schedule a visit with us as soon as possible, since all signs point to gingivitis or gum disease.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation and bleeding of the gums which affects the tissue that holds the teeth in place but not the bone. It is the first stage of periodontal disease caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque that forms on teeth, impossible to eliminate through simple brushing. Classic signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums that may bleed when you brush.

What causes gingivitis?

A patient can get gingivitis for a number of different reasons, mainly:

  • Bad dental habits
  • Pregnancy
  • Unmanaged diabetes
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Poor nutrition
  • Certain medicines
  • Poorly aligned dental work
  • Orthodontics

What is the best treatment for gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can lead to periodontitis if untreated; this condition is painful and treatment is more aggressive and expensive.

If this is you, please visit our specialist at the Casanova25 dental clinic as soon as possible for a check-up and diagnosis.