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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The advantages of X-rays at the dentist

If you’ve ever seen an X-ray photo of your mouth, you’ve probably noticed that your teeth appear much lighter than the rest of the surfaces. This is because X-rays cannot penetrate hard surfaces like teeth as easily as they can gums and tissue. But why is it so important to get these high-tech photos of your mouth? The main reason is because many oral health problems cannot easily be detected during a normal examination. It’s possible for a patient to have spots of decay that are not visible to the dentist. By looking at an X-ray, dentists can look for signs of decay between teeth, gum disease, bone infections, and many other serious conditions, including hidden tumors.

The American Dental Association suggests that children are especially good candidates for X-rays, as their teeth are still developing and are more prone to tooth decay. Another benefit of X-rays is that patients can save time and money by catching any hidden problems early. X-rays may even help someone avoid having to undergo the complicated procedures that advanced-stage conditions often require. Talk to your dentist about your X-ray schedule and ask if you (or your children) are due for another screening. A little extra time in the chair at your next visit could pay off dramatically down the road.