Gingivitis: Symptoms & Potential Causes
Published on January 23rd, 2018
FYI: Seventy-five percent of Americans will experience gum disease at some point in their life, according to Crest. But there’s no need to panic and run to our Chesterfield dentist just yet. While gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is very common, it can range from mild to moderate to severe. Depending on the seriousness of your gingivitis, your problems may go away all on their own.
Gingivitis is typically a result of plaque build-up on or between your teeth. Plaque makes a toxin that irritates the surrounding gum. The gums then respond by becoming red, puffy, and easily susceptible to bleeding. It’s important to take care of your gingivitis quickly because, while gingivitis is easily reversed, it can progress to a more serious gum disease. Education is the best prevention, so Chesterfield Family Dentist created this guide to help you spot and understand the symptoms and potential causes of gingivitis.