The one thing you never want to hear from the mouth of your dentist whenever you go in for your routine dental check-up is that you have a cavity. Cavities are just the worst and not only do they mean you no longer get to keep your healthy teeth picture on the wall but you also have to get a filling. However, cavities aren't that bad when compared to gum disease and just the thought of gum disease makes us feel yucky! The most common and mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis and it's when your gums start to turn red, swell up and easily bleed.

A dentist may say that one bright spot about gingivitis when you first get it is that there is very little pain or discomfort in the early going. However, if you don't start to treat it in the early stages it will only get worse and you might even have to think about dental implants. A dentist in Texas or even New York dentists will try their best to make sure that it doesn't come down to that and that gingivitis is reversible with good oral care at home and professional dental care.

Gingivitis can be caused by a number of things such as long-term plaque deposits, injury to your gums, general illness, poor dental hygiene, uncontrolled diabetes, misaligned teeth, and unclean or ill-fitting mouth appliances. If you see any symptoms such as bleeding gums, tender gums, mouth sores or swollen gums then you might have gingivitis and you need to go to your dentist.

If you don't report gingivitis immediately it can lead to periodontists, which, worse case scenario, can lead you to loosing your teeth. We highly doubt that you would want that to happen so it would be best to prevent gum disease and gingivitis from happening in the first place. How can you do that? Well, the best preventative measure you can take is to take care of your teeth regularly. That means brushing and flossing on a regular basis and going to your routine dentist check-ups. If you have some plaque buildup you might be required to use special dental tools or toothpaste recommended to you by your dentist to get rid of it.

Basically, in order to not get gingivitis, you just need to brush and floss as often as you can, whether at home, at work or at school. You can do that, can't you?

"Ignoring signs of gingivitis could lead to serious health issues" by the National Post.

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