Gingivitis is inflammation in the gums. If untreated, it can worsen and develop into infection and gum disease. The presence of gingivitis can lead to other issues with your overall health. If you have gingivitis, you should talk to your dentist about how to treat it.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It consists of fairly minor inflammation of the gingival tissues, otherwise known as the gums. It occurs when certain bacteria in the mouth build up just below the gum line. If it isn’t treated promptly, the inflammation can develop into serious infection. The gums begin to draw back from the teeth, resulting in loose teeth and even eventual tooth loss. Gingivitis itself is fairly simple to treat, but if it is allowed to develop into severe gum disease, treatment becomes complex and invasive.
You can prevent gingivitis by brushing and flossing regularly. This removes the bacteria that cause the inflammation and also massages the gums to keep them healthy. Your dentist will check your gums for any signs of inflammation or infection during your regular check-ups, so be sure to go about every six months for this important evaluation of the health of your mouth.
How Does Gingivitis Affect My Overall Health?
Studies have shown that people with chronic gingivitis or gum disease are much more likely to develop cardiovascular problems, including heart disease. The bacteria that build up in your mouth can move to other parts of your body through the bloodstream, leading to inflammation in the arteries and elsewhere. This spread of inflammation leads to cardiovascular problems, and can become a serious issue.
To prevent the bacteria from your mouth from spreading and to keep gingivitis from developing in the first place, pay close attention to your oral health. Brush regularly and thoroughly. Daily flossing helps remove food particles and bacteria that brushing can’t reach, including bacteria and plaque that build up just beneath the gum line. With diligent oral hygiene, you can preserve not only your oral health, but the health of your whole body.
If you’re concerned about gingivitis, have our dentist evaluate your oral health at your next checkup. Call us to make an appointment at Bliss Dental today!