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What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the term that describes gum disease in its early stage. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is characterized by inflammation and infection of the soft tissues that help anchor your teeth in your mouth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque, which produces bacterial toxins that irritate your mouth tissues. This can be due to poor oral hygiene, a sugary diet, and tobacco use.

Signs & Symptoms of Gingivitis

If you have gingivitis, your gums may appear red, swollen, and puffy. They may bleed easily and feel tender, especially when brushing and flossing. You may even have chronic bad breath.

Blood on a toothbrush and in the sink due to bleeding gums from gingivitis

While gingivitis is early-stage gum disease and usually won’t cause lasting damage, you must start taking preventive measures. If not, you’ll eventually deal with more severe gum disease that will result in gum recession, tooth decay, tooth loss, and deterioration of your jawbone. You can even experience health implications that go beyond the mouth.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Our team at Amber Hills Dental is here to help you and your family prevent dental disease and enjoy full function of your mouth! Visit us for routine checkups and cleanings so we can check your mouth for issues and recommend improvements to your oral health habits.

Your personal role in the care of your teeth and gums is pivotal. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss at least once per day, eat a balanced diet low in sugar, drink plenty of water, and avoid tobacco. Maintaining these habits will go a long way toward preventing the buildup of plaque and preserving the health of your gums!

Quality Dental Care in Henderson, NV

Amber Hills Dental offers a wide array of services to serve patients at any stage of dental health. Dr. Villamayor is a compassionate family dentist who can help you protect your teeth and gums from disease and provide conservative treatment when necessary! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.