Gingivitis: Increasing the Odds

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Do you frequently get gingivitis? Do you know what can increase your chances of developing periodontal disease? Gingivitis can typically be noticed if you have red or swollen gums that may be tender and bleed easily. Gingivitis is an infection in the gums that can be mild but can become progressively worse if it is left untreated.

Risk Factors
One of the most common factors is having poor dental hygiene. When you brush and floss, you remove plaque from your teeth and gumline. If you have poor habits, or do it incorrectly, plaque can build up and turn into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. Plaque is a sticky invisible layer that can form when sugars and starches interact with the bacteria that naturally resides inside your mouth. You should regularly remove plaque as it can regrow in 24 hours and tartar often requires a professional to remove.

Other risk factors may include:
-Tobacco use
-Dry mouth
-Hormonal changes
-Certain diseases or medications
-Substance abuse
-Poorly fitting oral restorations

If you live near the Bend, Oregon, area and would like to know more about preventing gingivitis, or would like to be evaluated for gingivitis, please contact Central Oregon Dental Center today by calling 541-389-0300. Dr. Michael Hall, and our caring team, would be happy to help care for your smile for many more years to come.