Recognizing and Dealing With Gingivitis

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If you are concerned about gingivitis, there are some ways to deal with and prevent this condition. You need not worry, the precautions are relatively simple and common, and the dentist can assist you.

Gingivitis is a precursor to periodontal disease. It is good to notice the signs of gingivitis beforehand, because it is considerably easy to stop the symptoms and return your gums to good health before it progresses to periodontal disease.

One of the main signs is swelling gums that take on a dark red color. You may also notice that your gums tend to bleed when you brush or floss. Your gums may also feel tender, and your gum line may start to recede. You may also notice bad breath attached to all these signs.

To give yourself a good chance at avoiding gingivitis, follow the normal, recommended hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes while making sure you brush all sides of your teeth. Floss once each day as well.

Likewise, maintain a healthy diet. Look especially to bring up your vitamin C, as a lack of it can contribute to gingivitis.

To further increase your chances, make semi-annual visits to the dentist. Dr. Rosendo Garza can help you care for your teeth in order to prevent gingivitis from developing. If gingivitis does develop, he can help you turn it back, especially if conditions like dry mouth or genetically inherited susceptibilities put you at higher risk.

If you do develop gingivitis or would like to learn more about it, you are welcome to visit us at Golden West Dental Clinic in Rialto, California. You can phone us at 909-421-8787 to schedule a visit with Dr. Rosendo Garza.