Gingivitis is an oral disease caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and gums. Not only can it cause undesirable symptoms such as bad breath, but it can lead to severe gum disease. Learn how to identify and treat gingivitis.
Signs You May Have Gingivitis
Common signs of gingivitis include:
- Inflamed and red gums
- Tender gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into further stages of gum disease and lead to tooth or jaw pain.
Why Gingivitis Happens
The root cause of gingivitis is plaque buildup that turns into tartar, a hard substance that can discolor the teeth. Once tartar develops, it can irritate the gingiva, the area of the gums surrounding the base of your teeth. Prolonged irritation can lead to inflammation, also known as gingivitis.
There are a variety of factors that lead to the root cause of gingivitis. While most are commonly associated with poor oral hygiene, it may not be as simple as not brushing or flossing enough.
Factors that increase your chance of developing gingivitis include smoking, dry mouth, poor hydration, and crooked or misshapen teeth. When teeth are misshapen, it can be difficult to clean them properly, leading to plaque formation and eventual tartar buildup. Ensure you are not only brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day but also using the proper techniques, which is imperative in combating gingivitis.
What To Do If You Have Gingivitis in Albuquerque, NM
While gingivitis may cause you distress now and lead to serious oral consequences in the future if left untreated, the condition is curable. Working with Dr. Steven Holbrook can help you tremendously.
At the dentist, you can find gingivitis treatments in the form of dental cleanings and professional guidance in your oral health care routine. Dr. Holbrook can help you identify where in your oral hygiene you may need more attention and further educate you to prevent future gingivitis.
If you have any questions, reach out to the office of Dr. Holbrook at 505-881-1159, proudly serving Albuquerque, NM, and the surrounding communities.