Routine dental care is done to prevent serious dental problems or diagnoses. Here at Selah Creek Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the care and resources they need to avoid any serious complications with their teeth. One of the most common dental problems that we come across is gingivitis, also known as gum disease. In today’s blog post, the team at Selah Creek Dental will be going over a few things that you may not know about gingivitis. 

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums.

Many people have heard the name gingivitis, but very few actually know what it means. To the surprise of many, the name of this diagnosis is actually very fitting. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, which is one of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease. 

Plaque is the most common cause of gingivitis.

Something that we as dentists are constantly talking about with our patients is plaque. Plaque is the buildup of bacteria that forms from a lack of thorough brushing. More often than not, plaque builds up in the hard to reach places within the mouth. One of the most common areas that we see plaque build-up is in between the teeth. When plaque builds up in between teeth, it settles in the gums, leading them to become inflamed and susceptible to infection. This is why we suggest flossing regularly!

Men are more likely to be diagnosed with gingivitis.

Genetics play a big part in whether or not someone is diagnosed with gingivitis. Aside from genetics, men are also more likely to wind up with gum disease. Knowing this, men should take all precautions to best avoid this from becoming something that they struggle within their lifetime.

There are various signs and symptoms of gingivitis.

Gum disease is an extremely common diagnosis and it can be treated. The sooner that you recognize the signs and symptoms, the more likely you are to catch the diagnosis early on. Some of the most common signs and symptoms that one can notice include puffy, red gums, bleeding gums when flossing, and gum sensitivity. 

When untreated, gingivitis can develop into a worse diagnosis.

Gingivitis is not a fun diagnosis to receive, but it can turn into something worse if it’s not cared for. Though inflamed gums may not seem like a big deal, the signs and symptoms can get significantly worse. When gingivitis is left untreated, it develops into periodontitis. This is a serious disease that is incredibly expensive to treat and leads to the loss of tissue and gum loss.

Aside from gingivitis developing into a worse dental diagnosis, gingivitis can lead to various other medical conditions. Believe it or not, gingivitis has been linked to coronary artery disease, diabetes, strokes, and various other health issues. 

Your teeth can fall out. 

A common misconception of gingivitis is that it only affects the health and well-being of your gums. While gingivitis is technically a disease of the gums, it does much more than leave your gums swollen and red. Gingivitis can lead to teeth falling out, which becomes a much more expensive method of care that needs to happen to make your smile healthy again.

Anyone can get gingivitis.

Another common misconception of gingivitis is that it is only something that seniors can be diagnosed with. The reality is that anyone can be diagnosed with gum disease, regardless of age. In reality, gum disease is fully due to a lack of routine dental care and thorough cleaning. So, regardless of age, you are going to want to take your dental cleaning seriously so that you can avoid the chances of being diagnosed with gingivitis at any point in your life. 

Schedule Your Routine Cleaning at Selah Creek Dental

Gingivitis is never a fun diagnosis for us to give a patient, but the truth is that it can be avoided. Routine dental care and thorough cleaning are all that it takes to avoid plaque build up that then leads to gingivitis. Reach out to the team at Selah Creek Dental to schedule your routine dental care. Our team can help answer any questions that you have, examine any symptoms that you may have, and provide you with a care plan. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!