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Yes, You Can Stop and Reverse Gingivitis: Here's How

Yes, You Can Stop and Reverse Gingivitis: Here's How

Gingivitis is a common problem for people of all ages. In fact, over 40% of Americans over age 30 have some degree of gingivitis, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be treated successfully and reversed when detected early. 

As gum disease progresses, it causes permanent damage to your gums and the soft tissue that supports your teeth. In addition to increasing your risk of tooth loss, gum disease can also lead to complications with your general health.

Our prosthodontist, Dr. Ramin Mahallati, and our team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry offer a range of preventive and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Beverly Hills, California.

Knowing the signs of gingivitis

An obvious sign of gingivitis is bleeding from the gums when you brush and floss. But there are also a few other signs to watch for.

Gingivitis is caused by swelling and inflammation of the gums due to plaque buildup and bacteria, so you may also notice that your gums look red and puffier than usual.

Other symptoms and early warning signs of gingivitis include the following:

While several things can increase the risk of developing gingivitis and gum disease, a leading cause is poor oral hygiene. 

In addition to brushing and flossing, regular dental exams and professional cleanings are necessary to prevent gingivitis and other oral health problems.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a dental exam and cleaning every six months for most people. 

Even if you don’t notice symptoms, practicing good oral hygiene and keeping up with your routine dental exams is important. Gingivitis is usually reversible before it progresses to the next stage.

Schedule a dental exam and cleaning as soon as possible if more than six months have passed since your last dentist appointment.

How to prevent and protect yourself from gingivitis

In addition to knowing the signs and symptoms of gingivitis, it’s essential to understand the causes and risk factors.

In addition to poor oral hygiene and diet, the following factors may also play a role in increasing the risk for gingivitis and gum disease:

The key to preventing and reversing gingivitis is practicing optimal oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking, and scheduling routine dental exams.

If you notice any new symptoms, schedule a dental exam as soon as possible, even if you’re not due for your six-month dental exam.

To learn more about the symptoms and risk factors for gingivitis and gum disease, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahallati at our office in Beverly Hills.

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