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Gingivitis is a common oral disease that causes inflammation to your gums. Periodontal disease is the other name for these infections. Two types of them are periodontitis and gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild type with inflammation on the gums being moderate. People usually assume this disease and hence it accumulates to a more dangerous disease periodontitis. This is more destructive and can lead even to tooth loss.

On the unfortunate bit, gum disease by gingivitis will go to the extent of causing even heart disease as well as stroke. It however a controllable condition only if you stick to proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing your teeth and visiting the Center for Modern Dentistry regularly for checkups with Dr. Chang, the most superior Rancho Cucamonga dentist.

Causatives of gingivitis

Its main cause is general poor ways of dental care. Plaque accumulation from food particles, mucus and bacteria will cause tooth decay if they stick to the teeth. Plaque needs to be eliminated regularly as a result. If this is not done in good time, it hardens to form a hard and difficult to remove substance tartar. This will form on the tooth bases near the gums and hence cause gingivitis.

You can also contribute to gingivitis by injuring your gum tissue. This is by flossing or brushing aggressively, use of tobacco, pregnancy hormonal changes and uncontrolled diabetes. Other cause of these diseases include teeth that are improperly aligned, crowns, dentures and braces that are poorly fitting and also certain medications e.g. pills for birth control. Other chronic conditions increase the risk of getting gingivitis. Some families are also at a higher risk than others.

Symptoms and signs for gingivitis

Several observable changes can suggest presence of gingivitis. These include easy gum bleeding, development of mouth sores frequently, swollen gums, pain when chewing, bad breath that is persistent, increased sensitivity and loosening of the teeth.

How to diagnose for gingivitis

The dentists are trained to handle this diagnosis effectively. It is recommended that you visit your dentist frequently to discover these conditions at their early stages before they cause chronic conditions like heart attack. An examination on the mouth is first thoroughly done. Areas between the gum and the teeth are measured during this exam by use of a probe. Larger gaps usually suggest presence of gingivitis. X-rays are also done to evaluate bone tissue loss that may have occurred.


What dentists do after they confirm that indeed gingivitis is there is to proceed with the treatment. Deep cleaning of the mouth is thoroughly done. Medication can also be prescribed to assist in offsetting inflammation and bacteria. The dentists also advice their patients to adopt proper dental care at home to prevent periodontitis that may necessitate oral surgery. These may include habits like regular flossing and brushing of the teeth, taking balanced diets and avoiding smoking.