Gingivitis is a form of inflammation usually caused by improper dental hygiene, especially plaque build-up. If left untreated, gingivitis can get worse and become full-on periodontal disease, a condition that can affect the overall health of your mouth, and even lead to permanent tooth loss.
But, with the right precautions, you can prevent this from happening. Check out our short blog post to discover more about gingivitis, and how to prevent it.
In most cases, gingivitis is a result of not properly caring for your teeth. Poor oral habits such as not brushing your teeth at least two times a day, and not flossing can leave unwanted food particles in your mouth and between your teeth.
These food particles increase your risk of cavities, but over time it can also lead to plaque forming on your teeth. This is an invisible and sticky film of bacteria that forms in the mouth every single day. Over time, un removed plaque becomes tartar, a hardened version of plaque that continues to attract bacteria.
Tartar cannot be removed at home. Its hard surface requires a professional dental cleaning session. If not removed, tartar starts irritating the gums, and as it continues to attract more and more bacteria, your gums can become inflamed and develop gingivitis.
Apart from bad oral habits, other factors can increase your risk of plaque build-up and, as a result, of gingivitis:
To prevent gingivitis and make sure you stay on top of the health of your gums, follow these 3 tips:
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