What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and is quite common among adults. It is the most easily treatable stage of gum disease and is entirely preventable. Read more about gum disease.

Common symptoms

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, particularly when brushing your teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain when chewing

How can I treat gingivitis?

If gingivitis isn’t treated quickly and effectively, it can develop into periodontitis, potentially causing the teeth to become loose and fall out. Luckily it is easily treatable with a full and thorough clean from your dentist along with a regular and thorough oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing and mouthwash.

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Can I prevent gingivitis?

Absolutely. Follow your daily hygiene routine carefully and you can prevent gingivitis. It is also beneficial to visit your hygienist for a regular professional clean to prevent the build up of plaque. Recurring check-ups will also allow your dentist to keep an eye on your overall oral health, which means any potential issues could be raised with you sooner.

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