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What is Gingivitis?

Olney DentalWhen it comes to your dental health, there’s a lot that could potentially go wrong if you don’t care for your mouth properly. Knowing what could go wrong with your oral health is important to prevent it from happening. One of the things that could occur with poor oral health is gingivitis. You have probably heard the mention of gingivitis through commercials for mouth wash and tooth paste, claiming to prevent the infection. As you use products that stop gingivitis, do you know what it is that you’re stopping?

Knowing Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the irritation and inflammation of your gums caused by the buildup of plaque.  As plaque builds, it begins to release toxins that in turn affect your gums. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and, if left untreated, could lead to further damage of your teeth, mouth, and even your jaw.Over 50 million Americans find themselves affected by gingivitis and gum disease. Some symptoms of gingivitis are:

  1. Bad breath
  2. Gums are tender, swollen, red
  3. Gums bleed easily after brushing or flossing
  4. Food collecting in between teeth and gums
  5. Receded gums

 Prevent Gingivitis

You can prevent gingivitis by taking proper care of your oral health. This includes daily brushing and flossing, especially after meals, rinsing with a mouthwash, eating healthy and scheduling visits with your dentist at Olney Dental.  At Olney Dental, we work with patients to ensure they understand how to properly care for their teeth to prevent gingivitis. Since 1985, Olney Dental has been caring for the residents of Olney and the surrounding area and teaching them about caring for their dental health.

To schedule an appointment, call us at (301)-250-1057 or visit our practice on the campus of Montgomery General Hospital. You can also fill out our online contact form.

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