Gingivitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the gums that usually precedes periodontitis if left untreated.
Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent and reverse gingivitis.
Gum care is not something you should ignore so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to seek the advice of a trained professional. For more information or to book an appointment or consultation on your gum health, contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our dentists.