July 27, 2019
Gingivitis, very simply, is an inflammation of your gums. (Any time a medical term ends with “itis” it means inflammation.) Gingivitis varies in severity and can look a few different ways. Very bad gingivitis leads to periodontal (gum) disease.
Gingivitis is common and affects many, rather, most adults. But with good oral hygiene and the care of Dr. Thompson, you should be able to avoid any major problems and even prevent gingivitis before it begins! Your Portales dentist shares some information below about what causes gingivitis, how to prevent it, and how to treat it if it happens to you!
Causes of Gingivitis
Plaque forms on your teeth and near your gums after you eat and drink. Regular brushing and flossing cleans your teeth and removes this plaque. But if you go too long without brushing and flossing, or you don’t do it well enough, the plaque can build up and harden in your mouth. At this point, the plaque becomes tartar that can only be removed by a dental professional.