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Gingival Health Assessment

Dental cleanings are a key aspect to maintaining proper oral hygiene

Dental cleanings are a key aspect to maintaining proper oral hygiene which entails the removal of dental plaque, stains and other deposits from teeth to prevent dental caries and periodontal diseases. Regular cleanings are essential to maintaining overall dental health and providing optimal oral hygiene instruction. While professional cleanings are a priority, proper home care practices are instrumental to achieving good dental and gingival health. Gingival health, the condition of your gums is integral to tooth health.  By reducing gum inflammation and preserving gingival health, you provide protection to the teeth and underlying bone.  

Plaque-induced gingivitis or bleeding gums are issues relevant to a significant portion of the population. Since gingivitis may cause little or no discomfort in its early stages, some people might not even realize they have it. Of course, the good news for any patient is that gingivitis is reversible which is why KidZdent emphasizes the importance of a routine assessment and treatment.

Patients rely on our dental professionals to assist them in identifying any affected areas and the best preventive home care methods to avoid or reverse the negative effects of inflammation surrounding the gum tissue.

Regular dental visits combined with individualized oral health regimens maximize prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

What is Gingivitus?

Gingivitis is described as inflammation of the gums, or gingiva. It commonly occurs because a buildup of plaque, or bacteria, accumulates on the teeth at the gumline. The plaque triggers an immune response, which, in turn, can eventually lead to the destruction of gingival, or gum, tissue. It may also, eventually, progress to periodontal disease and lead to further complications, including the loss of teeth. Gingivitis may be considered a non-destructive type of periodontal disease, but untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. This is more serious and damages supporting bone and can eventually lead to loss of teeth.

Gingivitis often resolves with the improvement of proper oral hygiene, such as longer and more frequent brushing, and flossing. In addition, an antiseptic mouthwash may help.

In mild cases of gingivitis, patients may not even know they have it, because symptoms are so mild. However, the condition should be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Signs of Gingivitus

Two major signs of gingivitis that should raise concern would be red and puffy gums and/or sensitive gums that bleed easily when brushing.

Other symptoms include:

Other Cause of Gingivitis

Professional/Preventive Dental Care at KidZdent

At-home Care

Patients are advised to:

Our dentists can recommend a suitable brush, toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as demonstrate the proper techniques for flossing and brushing.

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