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Your gums should be pink and firm. If they are not, you might have gingivitis. Are they puffy, deep red and regularly bleed when brushing? Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that regularly exhibits redness, inflammation, irritation, and bleeding of the gums. The condition is oftentimes missed because the symptoms can be so mild.

While curable, it’s crucial that you take gingivitis very seriously because it can easily develop into full-blown periodontitis, a more damaging type of gum disease that can one day progress to the loss of teeth.

Bad oral hygiene is the reason that people come down with gingivitis. Ignoring daily brushing, not flossing, and neglecting to go to the dentist for thorough teeth cleaning is not a good idea.

Since pain rarely attends gingivitis, it is imperative that you are alerted to the symptoms, which are; swollen, inflamed gums that are tender; gums that are more red than pink; bad breath; and gums that bleed easily.

How do I avoid gingivitis, you ask? The best action you can take is to regularly visit your dentist for check-ups–usually every 6 months. Your dentist helps you fight gingivitis through consistent, professional cleanings. Follow this up with excellent oral care at home and this should be all you need to reverse the onset of gingivitis.

At home, you can go on the offensive by brushing twice a day (at a minimum) with an antimicrobial toothpaste, and floss once per day. Bacteria can grow unhindered in the mouth when sleeping, so you should clean your mouth thoroughly before to going to bed.

If you would like more information on how to keep free from gingivitis, Dr. Rafla would be delighted to advise. If we can help you in any way, please contact Akram E. Rafla, DMD, PC at: 508.499.3566, or drop by in one of our Worcester or Marlborough, Massachusetts, offices.