What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease.  It is most commonly called gum disease.  Symptoms include bad breath, as well as swollen, red and bleeding gums.  There is often little to no pain, but bleeding gums while brushing is common.  Gingivitis affects nearly half of all Americans.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is caused by too much plaque growth in the mouth.  Plaque is a layer of bacteria on the gums and teeth.  Not consistently cleaning the plaque creates toxins that irritate gum tissue. 

Gingivitis is more likely to develop in people with diabetes or those who have a genetic risk.  Also, people who use tobacco, certain medications or have a poor diet are more likely to get gingivitis.

Is Gingivitis Treatable?

Gingivitis is easily treatable. If caught early, dentists can treat and even reverse the symptoms of gingivitis.  Contact Carolina Smiles Dentistry for treatment and guidance in applying a healthy oral routine.

What Happens If Gingivitis Is Not Treated?

If gingivitis goes untreated, it can worsen into a severe infection called periodontitis.  Gums become inflamed and begin to recede. Gingivitis can develop in an otherwise healthy person and progresses slowly.  However, once it advances, periodontitis can be destructive.  It is best to visit Carolina Smiles Dentistry and treat gingivitis in its early stages. 

Scheduling regular dental visits to have both you and your kids’ teeth checked can make a significant difference in your overall dental health. It is also recommended that you and your children brush after eating to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today at (919) 620-6700. At Carolina Smiles Dentistry, we love helping you smile!


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