WHAT IS GINGIVITIS

Gingivitis can be described as the lead up or early stage of gum disease which is caused by plaque bacteria build up on the tissues that surround teeth. Plaque which contains bacteria can lead to gingivitis if you don’t brush your teeth daily.

80% of Adults will experience gingivitis symptoms at some stage so it is quite prevalent but not inevitable. Pain or signs are sometimes not noticeable as well, leaving a person unaware that they might be suffering from gingivitis. For this reason alone it’s always a good idea to schedule regular check-ups with your Dental professional every 6 months, therefore it can be treated with suggested options.

SYMPTOMS

The most obvious symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If gingivitis reaches the chronic gingivitis stage this can lead to periodontitis and bad breath. If symptoms persist its best to talk to your Dentist to advise on treatment options.

Here are 4 tips to help prevent Gingivitis

• Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, don’t forget to clean your teeth as well as your gums.
• Floss at least once a day.
• Rinse with mouthwash to help prevent plaque and kill germs.
• Visit your Dentist to get your teeth and gums checked every 6 months.