Gingivitis: A Sore Situation

brooklyn-dentist-whiter-teethWe’ve all heard it before: “You better floss!” While we know that flossing should be a daily habit, and perhaps we do try to make it one, so many of us are lacking when it comes to properly flossing our teeth. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that so many of us don’t floss daily is because we’re not entirely sure just why it is so important. Today, we’ll be discussing one of the most common of dental diseases—gingivitis—which can easily be avoided by the habit of properly flossing!

Gum disease, more properly called gingivitis, usually is the result of improper dental hygiene, particularly as it relates to flossing. Gingivitis consists of a number of often uncomfortable symptoms, including inflammation and swelling of the gums, redness of the gums, and/or bleeding while brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. During this stage, the gums further recede from the teeth, allowing for more bacteria to be introduced. As time goes on, bone tissue can break down, leading to the decay or loss of teeth. Eventually, this can result in further complications, such as lung disease, suffering a heart attack, or a premature birth.

The most common reason for gingivitis is very simply, improper dental hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will greatly decrease one’s chance of this often painful condition, as well as reverse the symptoms if they do arise. If you experience painful brushing and flossing, or notice swelling or redness of your gums, give your Park Slope dentist a call for an evaluation and be on your way to a happier, healthier smile!