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How To Control Gingivitis

YOU CAN CONTROL IT!

If you're an adult, chances are you may have gingivitis--an early reversible stage of gum disease. Twenty-five percent of all adults may have some degree of gingivitis, and many don't even now it. With gingivitis your gums may become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Unlike a tooth that aches when there's a deep cavity, gingivitis is usually painless. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease which, if left untreated, can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out or need to extracted. If you have gingivitis, you can control it. If you don't already have it, you can prevent it. But first, there are certain facts you should know.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the "gingiva" or gums. It is actually the reversible early stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a common disease that affects virtually all adults at some time during their life.

Gingivitis starts with the gums, but left untreated, gingivitis can lead to infection and progress to a more serious stage of periodontal disease called periodontitis.

Make up your mind to be an active participant in your own oral health. Regular dental checkups can spot problems and prevent them from becoming more serious. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic twice a day will work, if done thoroughly and on a daily basis. It takes a little time, but it's worth it. You can have a better checkup next time!

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