What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the result of the inflammation of the gums.  It is also the initial stage of gum disease and disease and this can lead into more serious issues.  It is important that it does not go untreated because it can lead into a condition that is known as .

It is important to brush twice a day minimum and floss once, to help reduce the buildup of plaque.  Plaque produces toxic acids that irritate the gum tissue and cause gingivitis.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis?
Gingivitis can produce swollen and tender gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing.  Another symptom is if your gums appear to be receding and your teeth appear elongated in their appearance.

If left untreated the gum disease can create pockets that form between the teeth and gums.  These pockets become filled with old food particles and plaque, which results in recurring bad breath and a bad taste in their mouth.

What can I do to prevent gingivitis?
The best thing you can do to prevent gingivitis is to practice good dental hygiene.  This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and scheduling a professional cleaning twice a year.

Ways to help stop gingivitis before it develops:
The single biggest thing you can do is to keep your teeth clean.  Brush twice a day, floss daily, and get your teeth cleaned twice a year.  But beyond that you can also eating the right foods, avoid sticky and sugary foods.  Also smoking is a big no no.

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Information about Pregnancy and your gums

When you find out you’re pregnant, your gums are probably one of the last things on your mind. Yet, research suggests that taking care of your teeth and gums should be at the top of your list, along with picking out a name and buying diapers. The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that about half of pregnant women experience gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis range from swelling and redness to bleeding and tissue tenderness. This may seem like a small concern in relation to having a baby, but researchers have discovered a link between periodontal disease and pre-term births.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, pregnant women with periodontal disease are up to seven times more likely to give birth early, meaning they are at risk of having an underdeveloped or low-weight baby. The cause of this link is thought to be a chemical called prostaglandin, which, in high levels, can cause labor to be induced. Fortunately, women who receive treatment for their gingivitis and periodontal disease can reduce their chances of having a pre-term birth. If you’re pregnant, make an appointment with your dentist so you can clear up any problems right away. Dentists can remove plaque and tartar from the gums and help you get rid of any signs of gingivitis, leaving you with a healthy and low-risk pregnancy.