Are you worried you might have gingivitis? If you take steps now to get the problem under control, you can reverse gingivitis and once again have a healthy mouth and a radiant smile. Let the Joly Dental Care team help you with that.
What Exactly is Gingivitis?
When you hear dental professionals talking about gingivitis at our Edmonton, Alberta, dental clinic, we are referring to an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental problems, including gum disease (periodontitis), bad breath and loose or shifting teeth.
When you come in for your annual or bi-annual checkup and cleaning, Dr. Joly and his dental hygienists always take care to examine your gums for these signs of gingivitis:
We also ask you about your own observations relating to your teeth and gums:
The Causes of Gingivitis
Plaque buildupis the most common culprit. Sometimes you might forget to floss, or you don’t brush twice a day, and then plaque builds up under the gum line and becomes hardened tartar.
Certain illnesses, such as diabetes and some kinds of cancer, can cause changes in your mouth and gums. In these cases, it’s important to keep up with regular checkups and cleanings to keep your gums stimulated and healthy.
Bacteria in the mouth may become more prevalent because of poor dental hygiene habits or because of hormonal body changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy.
Family history of gingivitis can increase your risk of unhealthy gums. Proper brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups and cleanings, can help you control this risk factor.
Smoking cigarettes predisposes you to gingivitis and other oral diseases.
How We Treat Gingivitis at Our Edmonton Dental Clinic
Gingivitis may sound serious—and we do take it seriously at Joly Dental Care—but you should know that it is treatable. The first step is to come in for a checkup and cleaning. We will remove the accumulation of plaque that is causing the gum irritation and show you how to brush and floss to keep it at bay. We will also recommend specific intervals for checkups so we can keep an eye on your gums.
How to Prevent Gingivitis
Our Dental Clinic is Here to Assist You
Along with improving your dental hygiene habits, partnering with a dentist is the most important step in reversing gingivitis. If you are looking for an Edmonton dental clinic to help you do that, call us today. Our expert team at Joly Dental Care takes pride in keeping our patients’ mouths healthy and smiling brightly.