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What Causes Gingivitis?

Have you ever heard of gingivitis? Also known as inflammation, this gum health issue can eventually lead to serious health risks, such as periodontal disease. But what causes gingivitis? Understanding the cause of poor gum health, as well as the preventive steps needed to hold it at bay, can help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

Poor Oral Health and Other Factors

When we don’t take care of our smile and eat foods high in sugar and other starches, the teeth can become coated in plaque. This bacterial biofilm can inflame the gums. Inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can eventually lead to a greater risk of gum disease. Aside from poor oral hygiene, other factors include smoking, genetics, chronic illness, and certain medications.

Warning Signs and Health Risks

Patients with inflammation may notice their gums feel sore, appear more red than usual, or even bleed easily. These warning signs should not be ignored. In the gingivitis stage, the inflammation can be reversed. However, if the issue is allowed to progress into periodontal disease, there is no cure. The disease will instead need to be managed to avoid the risk of tooth loss and other uncomfortable and serious complications.

Preventing Gingivitis

How do you prevent inflammation? First, we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes per session, in the morning and again at night. You also need to floss thoroughly every night before going to bed. Finally, you should see the dentist every six months for routine checkups and dental cleanings. A cleaning helps remove plaque completely from your teeth, while a checkup allows the dentist to monitor your gums for potential warning signs of developing gum health issues. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning, then contact our office today.

Dedicated Team

Our team members are proud of the work they’ve done to help community members feel great about their smiles and oral health! With our experience and commitment to positive patient interactions, we can make services feel more comfortable and help you maintain a healthy, confident smile!

Dedicated Team

Our team members are proud of the work they’ve done to help community members feel great about their smiles and oral health! With our experience and commitment to positive patient interactions, we can make services feel more comfortable and help you maintain a healthy, confident smile!

Cosmetic Dentistry

What stands between you and your best smile? We provide cosmetic services that take on the problems that often hurt how people feel about the way they look. A complimentary consultation can help you understand how our care can benefit you!

Cosmetic Dentistry

What stands between you and your best smile? We provide cosmetic services that take on the problems that often hurt how people feel about the way they look. A complimentary consultation can help you understand how our care can benefit you!

Comfortable Care

Whether you schedule a routine evaluation or treatment for an active oral health matter, you should feel supported in the dentist’s chair. With experience, technology, and a dependable team, Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry can help you enjoy your experience with oral health care!

Comfortable Care

Whether you schedule a routine evaluation or treatment for an active oral health matter, you should feel supported in the dentist’s chair. With experience, technology, and a dependable team, Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry can help you enjoy your experience with oral health care!

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