The term gingivitis is definitely one that you’ve heard, but do you really know what it actually is? More importantly, do you know how can you prevent gingivitis and how you can know that you even have this issue? Finally, do you know what problems gingivitis can cause or how you can treat it? Here are some facts to help you know how to identify and cope with this issue.
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque on the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Sadly, this issue can affect everyone. Fortunately, there are a few signs and symptoms you can watch for—including pain and discomfort, and red, swollen, or bleeding gums. However, you may not be able to identify any symptoms, making it difficult to treat the disease adequately.
However, if you have gum disease, there won’t be much you can do from home. In fact, if you try to care for gum disease at home, bacteria could enter your bloodstream. This can be extremely dangerous because once bacteria enters your gum stream, it can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and even problems with your lungs.
To avoid these problems, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team right away. Similarly, we recommend visiting our practice once every six months so our team can inspect the health of your gums.