Many Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, or gingivitis. It’s most common cause is straightforward: poor oral hygiene.
Gingivitis is inflammation within the gum tissue itself. Gingivitis is often manifested by red, swollen gums that bleed easily.
While the cause of gingivitis is often oral hygiene deficiencies, there are many factors that can increase your risk of developing gingivitis.
These factors include:
– Smoking and chewing tobacco damage gum tissue and make it more difficult for damaged tissue to heal
– Crooked teeth allow more plaque and tartar to accumulate and are harder to keep clean
– Stress lowers your body’s immune response to the bacteria
– Mouth breathing allows your gums to dry out, causing inflammation and irritation
Besides red, swollen, bleeding gums, one of the other likely signs of gum disease is chronic bad breath. As the infection within the gums spreads, the bacteria releases an odor that is noticeable to others. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can help remove that bacteria and address the bad breath.
If you have, or believe you have, gum disease it’s important to see your dentist right away. Brush and floss regularly, as most gum disease is treatable with regular professional cleanings, brushing, and flossing. Early treatment, before the bacteria spread to the bone beneath the teeth, greatly improves your chance of recovery without tooth loss or surgery.
For more information on gingivitis, contact Dr. James Yankowskas and make an appointmentat (978) 649-7773 or visit our website.
Dr. James Yankowskas also proudly serves Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable, and surrounding areas.