Gingivitis, that is!
Gingivitis is the most common and mildest form of gum disease in today’s population. It causes the gums to become red and swollen and can even cause bleeding. There are many factors that can contribute to gingivitis and amongst these are smoking, diabetes, inadequate nutrition, substance abuse, systemic disease and certain medication use and occasionally a genetic predisposition. The most common cause of gingivitis is lack of good oral hygiene but the good news is that gingivitis is completely reversible with professional treatment along with at home care.
If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to become periodontitis, which is inflammation of the tissues which support the teeth. The influx of bacteria from the inflammation produces more toxins which rapidly spread and the tissues continue to break down. Oral hygiene at home is critical as a measure of prevention along with professional treatment with your dentist. Brushing, flossing and regular checkups are just a few of the things you can do to prevent gingivitis.
Think you may be exhibiting any signs of gingivitis? If you are unsure, the best option is to give our clinic a call and our staff will help you set up an appointment with our dental team. Our Calgary dentists are a dedicated team of professionals who will address any concerns you may have. Give our clinic a call and see for yourself the benefits of Strathcona Dental Works!