Gingivitis is often seen in general dentistry and is the earliest stage
of gum disease. Gingivitis is often reversible, but when left untreated,
it can progress to periodontal disease and lead to bone and tooth loss.
The following are some easy ways that you can reduce your risk for gum
disease and gingivitis:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Gingivitis starts to develop when plaque, which is made up of bacteria,
accumulates on teeth. This buildup can get below the gum line and irritate
and infect the gum tissue, causing it to become tender and inflamed. Flossing
your teeth once per day, brushing your teeth twice per day,
and seeing your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups are some of the best things that you
can do to reduce your risk of gum disease.
Recognizing the early signs of gum disease and taking measures to halt
its progress is essential for protecting your teeth and gums from the
damage that this condition can cause. If your gums bleed easily when you
floss or brush or are red, tender, or swollen, then speak with your dentist.
If you have diabetes, then you are at a greater risk for developing gum
disease than people without this condition. This is because more volatile
blood sugar levels can affect the health of your gums and their ability
to fight off infection. For this reason, dentists encourage their patients
with diabetes to control their condition and manage their blood sugar
levels to help protect their mouth from periodontal disease.
While this way of reducing your risk of gum disease may not be as easy
as others, the results that quitting smoking can offer are well worth
the effort. Cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontal
disease and increases your risk for a broad range of other health conditions.
My Dentist offers
periodontics and general dentistry in Bloomingdale, IL, and our offices include Eagle
Falls Dentistry on Stratford Dr. and Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale
Rd. To make your appointment, please call (630) 894-5180.