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Dr. Philip Sherman, DMD – Blog


What is Gingivitis and how do I know if I have it?

close up of a mouth with gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and is the initial stage of gum disease. It’s caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that is always building up on your teeth and gums. The good news is, Gingivitis is pretty easy to prevent and treat.

How do I Know if I Have Gingivitis?
Here are some signs:
– Red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush.
– Gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance.
– Pockets between the teeth and gums, where plaque and food collects
– Recurring bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?
Brushing and flossing, twice-daily as well as rinsing with an effective antiseptic mouthwash can help clear away the plaque and stop gingivitis in its tracks. If the plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, toxins can be produced and they can irritate the gum tissue which can cause gingivitis. At this early stage in gum disease, damage can be reversed, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected. Left untreated, however, gingivitis can become periodontitis and cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaw
Also, remember to eat right to ensure proper nutrition for your jawbone and teeth. Stay away from the sweets. And at all costs, avoid cigarettes and tobacco of any kind.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular visits and professional cleanings can help keep Gingivitis and gum disease at bay. Try to see your dentist every six months for a routine check-up and cleaning.

Breezy Bay Dental of Palm Harbor will be happy to make an appointment for you to visit our lovely offices on Alternate 19 just south of Tarpon Springs.