Inflamed redness or swollen gums are signs of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is our body’s inflammatory response to plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth.
Why is it important to treat gingivitis early
Early signs of gingivitis are reversible and easy to treat. Still, if left untreated, it can progress to a more severe form of gum disease that takes longer to treat and, if neglected for too long, can be irreversible.
Why do I have gingivitis?
Gingivitis is very common because everyone develops plaque. Many people need to be made aware of the importance of routine professional dental cleaning to prevent gingivitis. Even if we brush our teeth twice daily, plaque and tartar can still build up below the gumline. Tartar is a hardened plaque that is more difficult to remove, and it provides a larger and stickier surface for more soft plaque to grow on. If we don’t have this plaque and tartar removed every six months, it can lead to gingivitis and irritate our gums.
Unmanaged plaque is the most common cause of inflamed gums, tooth decay, and tooth loss. That’s why it’s beneficial to know how to spot gingivitis to treat it early.