White Bear Lake Dentist Helps Prevent Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a condition that causes your gingiva, otherwise known as your gums, to become inflamed. It is typically the results of a build-up plaque on your teeth. This form of gingivitis is called plaque-induced gingivitis.
It is a type of periodontal disease that is considered non-destructive. The problem, however, is that if it is left untreated, gingivitis can eventually lead to periodontitis. This is a more serious condition and can result in bone loss and loose teeth.
A person with gingivitis will experience puffy, red gums that will bleed when brushing or flossing. Often, the condition can be resolved by improving one’s dental hygiene with more thorough brushings. In addition, using antiseptic rinses can also help to prevent gingivitis.
Since symptoms are generally mild, they may sometimes go unnoticed and some people may not even realize that they have it.
The main cause of the condition is a build-up of plaque on and in between teeth. Over time, begins to harden and turns into tartar. This tartar can trap bacteria below the gum line, allowing it to multiply and to cause a full-blown gingival infection. The infection will eventually cause damage to your gum tissue and lead to further complications.
Two Types of Gingivitis
Gingivitis generally falls into two separate categories.
• Non-Plaque Induced Gingival Lesions – This form of the condition is often the result of a certain viral, bacterial or fungal infection. However, it may also be caused by injuries, systemic conditions or reactions or genetic factors. Sometimes, it is also impossible to determine the cause of the gingivitis.
• Plaque Induced Gingivitis – This type of gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque near the gum line. This may be the result of taking certain medications, poor oral hygiene or malnutrition.
The Causes of Gingivitis and Other Risk Factors
Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of bacteria just below your gum line. However, there are other factors that can put you at risk for developing the condition.
• Hormonal changes – This can be caused by puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy or menopause.
• Disease – Diabetes, HIV and cancer are all linked to a higher risk of gingivitis.
• Medication – Certain medications can have an effect on your oral health and increase your risk.
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