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One of the earliest stages of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, consists in the form of what we call gingivitis. Gingivitis is an infection in your gum tissues that typically occurs due to the buildup of plaque. If left untreated, gingivitis can continue to progress and eventually cause the infection to spread and tooth loss to occur. Several symptoms of gingivitis often present will alert you to the condition.

Always inspect your teeth and gums to determine if you are suffering from gum tissue infection. One of the most common signs of gingivitis occurs due to bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding for any reason, it means that they are not as healthy as they should be. If you see any signs of blood spotting while brushing, flossing or eating that is not the result of using excessive force, it could be linked to gingivitis. Furthermore, if your gums are swollen regularly or show signs of excessive redness, gingivitis may be at hand.

One of the most common signs and oral health conditions that arises in tandem with gingivitis is halitosis. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, has multiple causes and is a known symptom of gingivitis. Furthermore, if you are suffering from diabetes, you may be an increased risk for gingivitis.

Poor oral hygiene is an extremely common cause of gingivitis because anytime you fail to adequately keep your teeth and gums clean, you risk further dental damage. Not only should you be brushing and flossing daily, but you should consider adding additional layers of protection by washing your mouth out with mouthwash or using other products to keep your teeth and gums free of debris. Furthermore, exercise caution with any bad habits you may be involved in, including smoking and chewing tobacco, as they can increase your risk for gingivitis.

The Art of Dentistry wants to help you with treating gingivitis. To schedule an appointment at our office in Davison, Michigan, please call us at 810.653.3503. Drs. Williams and Rydzon want to ensure your teeth and gums remain clean for a lifetime to come.