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Get gum-smart: managing gingivitis!

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Gingivitis is a common dental health issue and is easy to treat if you can catch it early. If left untreated it can become a much more serious gum infection called periodontitis.

Gingivitis can be diagnosed by red and swollen gums that bleed easily. Most people suffering from gingivitis don’t actually notice that anything is unusual and as they don’t experience discomfort, they don’t make an appointment to see their dentist.

If you’re pregnant, being treated for cancer, are HIV-positive, have AIDS or diabetes, you need to be particularly careful as you’ll be at an increased risk of developing gingivitis and further complications.

Dealing with impacted teeth

Your wisdom teeth might have more impact on your risk of gingivitis than you think! Having a partially erupted wisdom tooth, particularly one that’s impacted, puts you at risk of pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is gingivitis when it occurs around a partially erupted tooth. If your opposite wisdom tooth is biting down on the affected, impacted tooth, it is at even more risk of infection. Sadly, that often means you’ll need both the upper and lower wisdom teeth removed. It’s for the best, if you want to avoid run ins with gingivitis in the future!

Flossing

So, you want to decrease your risk of gingivitis? Say hello to your new best friend, dental floss! Flossing helps to reduce the amount of unhealthy bacteria in your mouth and less bacteria is always good when you’re to avoid gum disease. If you notice blood on your dental floss, you might be flossing incorrectly, but it could also be a sign that there is already an underlying problem.

As always, if you’re in doubt, book an appointment with your dentist to get everything under control. Maintain your healthy gums for a happier smile!

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