What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and is quite common among adults. It is the most easily treatable stage of gum disease and is entirely preventable. Read more about gum disease.
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Gums that bleed easily, particularly when brushing your teeth
- Bad breath
- Pain when chewing
How can I treat gingivitis?
If gingivitis isn’t treated quickly and effectively, it can develop into periodontitis, potentially causing the teeth to become loose and fall out. Luckily it is easily treatable with a full and thorough clean from your dentist along with a regular and thorough oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing and mouthwash.
Can I prevent gingivitis?
Absolutely. Follow your daily hygiene routine carefully and you can prevent gingivitis. It is also beneficial to visit your hygienist for a regular professional clean to prevent the build up of plaque. Recurring check-ups will also allow your dentist to keep an eye on your overall oral health, which means any potential issues could be raised with you sooner.