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Spotting the Signs of Gingivitis

January 13, 2017 ADManage

When it comes to oral health, your gums play an important role in supporting and protecting your teeth. If you’re worried that you may be suffering from gum disease near Park Ridge, then you can benefit from knowing about the signs of its earliest stage, called gingivitis.

If you have gingivitis, there are several symptoms that you may develop. Typically, the symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Swollen gums that appear red or purplish
  • Gums that feel sore or tender
  • Gums that bleed when you floss or brush your teeth

If you suspect that you have gingivitis, then there are several steps that you can take. First, improve your dental hygiene routine by brushing at least twice a day for a full 2 minutes, flossing between each of your teeth at least once per day, and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings. Also, cutting back or quitting smoking can allow your gums to heal more quickly. Because gum disease can lead to additional oral health problems and prevent you from being a candidate for things like dental implants and some cosmetic dentistry procedures, addressing the problem in its earliest stages is ideal.