Save Your Gums from Gingivitis

Posted on : 17-12-2014 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Preventive Dentistry

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Gingivitis is a common gum disease. This disease results in inflammation and infection, which damages teeth supporting tissues, gums, periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone. Gingivitis is normally considered a mild problem and not cared to the extent it needs.

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Causes of Gingivitis

Most common cause of Gingivitis is the presence and destruction caused by the deposits of plaque. Plaque is a sticky material that develops on the exposed parts of the teeth. Plaque is composed of bacteria, mucus, and food remains. It is a major cause of tooth decay. If plaque is not removed, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar. Plaque and tartar produce bacteria, which inflame, irritate and swell the gums.

Any type of gums injury can result in Gingivitis, such as forceful brushing.

People having diabetes, AIDS or leukemia are more likely to catch by Gingivitis. Smokers are also an easy prey of Gingivitis.



If your gums become puffy, red or bleed you should be cautious and consult your dentist, as you may have Gingivitis. Symptoms of Gingivitis include:

  • Puffy gums
  • Bright red appearance of gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Soft and tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath


What to do?

If you find any of the above symptoms, you should consult your dentist. Dentist will recommend what to do?


Good oral habits ensure that you can avoid most of the oral and dental issues. Keeping oral hygiene at a good level reduces chances of Gingivitis. People who already have Gingivitis problem need to do extra care. Professional tooth cleaning is recommended, on a regular basis. You should visit your dentist or hygienist regularly.

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