What Is Gingivitis And How to Get Rid of It?

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Posted: August 31, 2023
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Gingivitis is an early-stage gum disease that can exhibit a variety of symptoms. The most common, and least desirable symptom, is bad breath, although you can also experience gum sensitivity and oral pain. 

Let’s take a look at a few causes of gingivitis and how working with a dentist can help you get rid of gum disease for good.

The Causes of Gingivitis 

The root cause of gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by plaque and tartar buildup. There are a few ways this commonly occurs: 

Crooked or misshapen teeth can make it difficult for you to properly clean them, resulting in chronic plaque buildup that leads to an inflammatory response. 

Certain medications may dry out your mouth. Some medications that cause dry mouth or decreased saliva production can contribute to increased chance of developing gum disease. This is because saliva is instrumental in washing away food pieces from the surface of teeth. 

Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gingivitis. Failure to brush your teeth regularly or floss daily leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar which leads to gingivitis.

To understand your particular case of gingivitis, schedule an appointment with us for a comprehensive evaluation. 

How a Dental Visit Can Help Remove Gingivitis

Not only can a dentist provide dental cleaning at the office, but they can also pinpoint deficiencies in your oral care routine that may be leading to your gingivitis.

Depending on your individual case, your dentist may prescribe certain medications such as prescription-grade mouthwash that is better suited to remove harmful bacteria and keep your mouth clean. 

Working with a professional, knowledgeable dentist is sure to get to the root cause of your gingivitis and prevent the development of periodontitis. 

Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease. Studies have shown that periodontitis has a link with fatal cardiac events. It’s vital that you visit a dentist to address your gingivitis. 

Schedule an Appointment With The Dentists of Omaha

At The Dentists of Omaha we know the importance of providing professional care. Being Omaha Magazine’s “Best Family Dentist” for 15 years, we’ve been honored to serve the cities of Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee. 

If you’d like to get rid of your gingivitis or worry you may have it, give one of our four convenient locations in Nebraska a call to schedule an appointment.

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