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What Causes Gingivitis of the gums?

What are the common causes of Gingivitis? How does someone get Gingivitis around their gums?

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A person is suffering from a gum disease called gingivitis when the gums become red, inflamed, and sore and bleed easily. Gingivitis usually occurs when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, aside from other secondary factors. Gingivitis should be treated; otherwise it can get serious and may lead to tooth loss and more serious gum disease. Improved personal hygiene and the expertise of a dentist can help resolve the condition.

The plaque and tartar that cause gingivitis are coming from the food particles left in the mouth and the bacteria that are naturally present in the mouth. When the food and bacteria mix together, they form a sticky material and sticks on the gum line. This is the plaque. If the plaque stays there for a longer time it will develop into tartar. That is when it becomes hard and is deposited deeper in the gum line. Plaque and tartar deposited in the gum line will lead to gingivitis.

Some possible causes of gingivitis are the following:
• Irregular brushing of teeth
• Eating foods that are extra sweet
• Smoking
• Hormonal changes
• Particular medications

Gingivitis should be taken seriously because if not, it will lead to more serious gum problems like periodontitis. This is a serious gum disease. What makes it serious is that it affects not only the gums but also the bones in the gums. Periodontitis can make the gums discolor, recede and also tooth loss.

It is easy to treat gingivitis. All you have to do is seek the help of the dentist and practice good oral health. The condition will slowly improve as soon as the plaque buildup starts to loosen up a bit from your teeth. It is then wise to seek the help of a dentist once you suspect of plaque and tartar buildup in your teeth. Regular brushing of at least twice a day and using floss once a day will help eliminate buildup of plaque and tartar. Using a mouth wash like Listerene is also very helpful in eliminating Gingivitis. It is highly recommended that one must visit the dentist at least once a year, if not every 6 months.

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