Although you may take great care of your teeth – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly – the American Dental Association says that nearly every adult will suffer from gingivitis at some point in their lives. Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease, in fact is the earliest stage, but can be treated and reversed before serious problems occur.
Causes of Gingivitis
The most likely cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Plaque builds up on teeth and turns to the harder substance known as tartar if the plaque isn’t removed through brushing and flossing. The more tartar builds up, the more it irritates your gums. However, hormonal changes can also cause gingivitis because of the bacteria present in your mouth. Women who are pregnant, and individuals going through puberty or menopause are more susceptible to gingivitis. Other causes are smoking, vitamin deficiencies, or illnesses such as diabetes.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
If you believe you may have gingivitis, the easiest way to tell may be gums that bleed easily when you brush. Bleeding that is a regular occurrence when you brush should be brought to the attention of your dentist before it gets worse. Other symptoms include:
- Bad breath that does not respond to brushing
- A bad taste in the mouth that will not go away
- Gum tenderness
- A change in the color of gums
Gingivitis can be easily treated through good oral hygiene, as well as a visit to your dentist. Removal of plaque and tartar is essential to begin reversing this early stage of gum disease.
To find out more about gingivitis and gum disease, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.