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Gingivitis And Your Overall Health

dentist DallasYour gum health is closely linked to your overall health, so even relatively mild gum disease, such as gingivitis, can have a negative effect on the rest of your body. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of gingivitis so that you can consult with your dentist about treatment early in the disease process, before your gum disease has a chance to become more severe. You should also work to prevent gingivitis whenever possible.

Causes And Symptoms Of Gingivitis

Gingivitis occurs when the oral bacteria found in plaque and tartar attack the gum tissue and cause inflammation. This inflammation manifests in symptoms such as redness, swelling or bleeding in the gums. Even if the bleeding only occurs while you are brushing or flossing your teeth, it is still worth mentioning to your dentist, as it can still be a symptom of gingivitis.

Gingivitis Treatment And Its Benefits

Gum disease is a progressive condition. That means that the symptoms become more severe in later stages and may include issues such as pockets developing between the teeth and gums, gum recession and even tooth and bone loss. However, getting effective gingivitis treatment can prevent the progression of gum disease.

Also, gingivitis treatment is non-invasive. The condition usually responds to a thorough professional cleaning by a trained dental hygienist. Treatment for periodontitis, on the other hand, involves more invasive interventions and may even require surgical procedures to reverse the course of disease.

In addition to keeping your smile as healthy as possible, getting gingivitis treatment also benefits the rest of your body. Gum disease appears to have a relationship with systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, along with brain disorders including depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, if you’re proactive about getting treatment for your gingivitis, you’ll be giving your body a boost, as well.

Preventing Gingivitis

Fortunately, gingivitis can be prevented. The first step in protecting your smile from gum disease is sticking to a robust oral hygiene regimen at home. Brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes at a time, and give extra attention to the gumline to disrupt the accumulation of plaque and tartar in the area. Daily flossing is also essential to good gum health. You should also be following up with your dentist for routine exams and cleanings as another preventive measure.

Have you noticed signs of gingivitis in your smile? Contact our office to schedule an evaluation and learn about your treatment options.