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Gingivitis—What You Need To Know

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Do your gums bleed when you brush? Have you noticed that your gum tissues are puffy and red? Given these symptoms, you might have Gingivitis, which is early stage gum disease. Affecting many Americans, Gingivitis is mostly caused by the presence of plaque, as reported by Colgate. As you may know, plaque is a clear bacterium that adheres to teeth and gums. While it continuously forms on teeth throughout the day, daily brushing and flossing removes it, protecting teeth and gums from its effects. However, when plaque is not removed effectively, it irritates gum tissues, causing inflammation and bleeding. Here’s what you need to know about Gingivitis.

To understand the progression of Gingivitis, consider how the human body responds to injury or trauma. In most cases, the affected area begins to swell, and it may become red and warm to touch. Individuals might experience discomfort, pain, or tenderness there. In the context of Gingivitis, the “injury” is more of a slow progression or the result of an ongoing invasion of bacteria along teeth and gums. When oral care is lacking, this certainly plays a role in the onset of Gingivitis. Yet, other factors might contribute including pregnancy, stress, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, smoking, and HIV.

With a greater awareness of Gingivitis and its sources, it’s important to understand that Gingivitis is reversible. Thus, if you notice early signs of gum disease, here’s what you can do:

  • Step up your oral health by brushing twice each day. Do not forget to floss!
  • Consider your diet. Do you consume too much sugar or processed foods?
  • Steer clear from cigarettes and tobacco products. These weaken teeth!
  • See your dentist!

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Welcome to Gramercy Dental Center, where you’ll find a team ready to come alongside you in the quest for optimal oral health.

Have you noticed that your gums are bleeding when you brush? With compassionate care, we’ll clean your teeth and remove sticky plaque and tartar that is irritating your gums. We’re ready to serve you, so call Gramercy Dental Center today.

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