Understanding Gingivitis

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Are you familiar with an oral health risk known as gingivitis? Gingivitis is an oral health condition that is an early stage of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Typically, gingivitis develops with several signs and symptoms that are easily noticeable and present with the disease. If infections with your gums are coming in, that means there’s probably issues associated with abnormalities in the look of your gums. To keep your smile safe, always inspect the health of your gums and take note of any issues and irregularities that may arise.

Did you know that there are several risk factors that can increase your risk of developing gingivitis? If you ever have dry mouth, you could be putting your smile at an increased risk of dental damage. This is because dry mouth lowers the amount of saliva in your mouth, which is a natural substance designed to help wash away debris and plaque buildup in it. Typically, medications produce it as a side effect, including medications such as decongestants, painkillers and antihistamines. Other common signs of dental damage that are linked to gingivitis include risks associated with a pregnancy, diabetes, bad breath, genetics, and certain bad habits like smoking or using drugs.

Gingivitis can progress over a series of many years until it evolves into more serious forms of gum disease. If you are suffering from gingivitis, several visual clues will be present. If you notice that your gums are routinely bleeding when trying to eat or when you clean your mouth out, or if your gums tend to be excessively swollen or red, it could be an early indication of a gum tissue infection.

No matter the gum disease care you are in need of, Drs. Knight and Knight, and our team, are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up a gingivitis assessment exam and come see us at our office in Farr West, Utah, please call us at 801-731-3200 to speak with a member of our team.