What is Gingivitis?

At Cosmetic Dental Associates, we know that your mouth and your smile are crucial for everyday life. Because your smile is at the forefront of your body and is one of the first impressions you’ll give off, we know that you want to take care of your mouth and your smile. For healthy mouths that do not need cosmetic dentistry, a strict oral health regimen is still required.

If you watch toothpaste commercials on your television, if you have visited a cosmetic dentist or if you have learned about oral health, you have probably heard about Gingivitis. Gingivitis, the inflammation of the gum tissue, is the non-destructive form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a type of oral disease that affects one or more of the tissues that surround and support the teeth, known as periodontal tissues. The following are periodontal tissues:  alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum and gingiva.

The most common form of Gingivitis is plaque-induced. When plaque builds up in small gaps between teeth the bacteria inside that plaque produces chemicals and toxins that inflame the gum tissues. Inflamed gum tissues result in an enlargement of the gingiva, or the gums.

Gingivitis, while it may sound like a nasty disease that has no cure, is curable if found early and treated by a cosmetic dentist or a periodontist. Prevention is the best method for avoiding periodontal diseases such as Gingivitis. Cosmetic dentists agree that brushing, flossing and using mouthwashes on a regular basis can help prevent Gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Proper oral health can prevent not only Gingivitis, but also bad breath, teeth discoloration, cavities and more.

At Cosmetic Dental Assocaites, we want to help others avoid the pain and frustration associated with Gingivitis. By keeping your mouth healthy, clean and plaque-free, you are able to ensure that you will have a happy, healthy smile for years to come.

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