Gingivitis is commonly caused by plaque build-up on your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque can invade your gums, and if it isn’t treated, can cause permanent damage to the root of your teeth.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the bacteria that can cause gum disease can thrive in your gums by manipulating your immune system to let it stay and grow. The research focused on how gingivitis develops into a disease and how it resists your body’s natural defenses.
Gingivitis is more common than you think: According to the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association, 50% of Canadians have gum disease and some may not even realize it. Moving forward, this research can lead to better treatment options in the future to deter the bacteria from staying in the gums and causing gum disease for the host.
How do I know if I have gingivitis?
If you don’t get regular check-ups with your dentist, you may have gingivitis and not know about it. Here are some symptoms that will help you determine if you need to see your dentist:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
How can I control plaque build-up on my teeth?
- Brush and floss regularly
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet
- See your dentist regularly for cleanings
If you have any questions about gingivitis, visit a 123Dentist location today! Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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