An oral health issue just as with any disease, is better dealt with sooner than later, this is particularly true in the case of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the jumping off point to the more serious stage of gum disease known as periodontitis. If you can identify the symptoms and get early treatment gingivitis can be stopped from progressing and any damage may be reversed. Be vigilant about looking for early signs of trouble.
Gum tissue should be light pink in color, anything but is abnormal and could be a sign of infection particularly when accompanied by swelling. Chronic bad breath, the kind that keeps recurring with no obvious cause, could be another reason for concern. Gentle daily brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush should not prompt bleeding gums. “Pink in the sink” is a good sign that something is off with your oral health.
Anyone can develop gingivitis but some of us are more susceptible to it than others. Genetics can play a role as can the quality of our oral health care and certain unhealthy lifestyle habits such as tobacco use. The most important preventive is to see your dentist as soon as you recognize a change in your mouth that could signal trouble.
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