The Oral Hygiene Centre

What is Gingivitis?

September, 2012

What is Gingivitis?
Healthy gums are pale pink and firm to the touch. Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, can be detected when your gums become swollen and red. Gum disease is caused by the build up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is made up of a film of bacteria which is created by things like food and saliva and forms on the teeth and gums every day. If plaque is not removed by regular toothbrushing and flossing, your gums become irritated and inflamed.

Because they are infected, your gums bleed easily when eating or brushing and it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a serious condition where your gums recede, gaps appear between your teeth and gums and your teeth may even fall out. Gingivitis is relatively painless, so people often ignore the problem until it is far too late. Make sure you have regular check ups and you can prevent gum disease from taking hold, and receive the best treatment for a faster way back to a healthy smile. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact us.

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