What is gingivitis? Discover its causes, symptoms and how to prevent it.

Have you ever had gum inflammation? Maybe it’s happened to you and you’ve wondered why. Well, one of the causes may be gingivitis.

Do you know what it is? What is the reason for this? Or how can you remedy it? Our
Dentist in Granada
Pablo Rodas provides you with more information in the following lines:

What is gingivitis?

One of the most important conditions of infectious origin of the gums is gingivitis together with periodontitis, which we have already talked about on another occasion.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, which causes swollen, red and bleeding gums, especially when you brush your teeth, floss or bite down on something hard like an apple.

The origin of gingivitis is related to the long-term effects of plaque on the teeth. Plaque and tartar eventually irritate the gums, causing them to become sensitive and bleed.

In addition to this, gingivitis can cause bright red appearance of the gums, mouth ulcers, sore gums, swelling and tenderness to the touch.

Even so, keep in mind that gingivitis should always be diagnosed by your dentist.

What causes gingivitis?

The most common cause is usually poor oral hygiene. And, poor dental hygiene encourages plaque buildup on the teeth. The bacteria in dental plaque irritate the gums and can cause them to become inflamed.

Small «pockets» can also develop between the gums and teeth. If left untreated, these can become deeper and deeper and lead to more serious problems such as periodontitis.

On the other hand, smokers’ gums are more prone to infection because smoking reduces the flow of blood and nutrients to the gingival tissues.

Are there predisposing factors for gingivitis?

There are a number of factors that favor the risk of gingivitis:

– Poor oral hygiene.

Hormonal changes such as those related to puberty, pregnancy or the menstrual cycle.

– Uncontrolled diabetes.

– Advanced age.

– Dry mouth.

– Smoking or chewing tobacco.

– Dental restorations that do not fit properly or crooked teeth that make dental cleaning difficult.

How to prevent gingivitis?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gingivitis, including daily brushing and flossing.

– Brush your teeth at least three times a day, after every meal.

– Floss at least once a day to remove food particles between the teeth.

– Use antibacterial mouthwash after brushing.

– Regular dental consultations with your trusted dentist to check the status of your dental health.

It is very important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it immediately, otherwise it can lead to more serious gum disease such as periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss.

Do you need a dental health check-up?

In Cervantes Dental Clinic in Granada we care about your dental health, so we advise you properly to treat your specific case.

As we always say, each one of us is different, and so is our case. For this reason, personalized and attentive service is our daily routine.

If you need a review of your dental health in your Dental Clinic in Granada, just call or write us, we will be happy to assist you.

Smile is a universal language. Come to our dental clinic in Granada and we will advise you. First appointment free of charge!

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