Ask a Dentist

January 1, 2021

Q: Do I have gingivitis?

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Gum disease is very common among Canadians. 

In fact, seven of 10 people who live in Canada will experience gum disease in their lifetimes. Gingivitis is the most common dental problem there is, so the chances of you getting it is high. 

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease which is caused by poor dental hygiene. Not cleaning your teeth can lead to plaque, which is a sticky colourless film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. Plaque build-up that’s left uncleaned will harden and turn into tartar. Plaque and tartar both cause gingivitis. 

Your dentist isn’t asking you to floss daily and brush your teeth twice a day for no reason. If you do not do these basic dental care habits, it can lead to more serious and painful diseases in the future. It may even cause periodontitis and tooth loss. Because gingivitis is at the early stages, it is easy to reverse it and prevent further harm. All it takes is your dedication in following your dentist’s recommended treatment plan. 

How To Know If You Have Gingivitis

Healthy gums are pale pink in colour and fit tightly around the teeth. Irritation, redness and inflammation of the gingiva (gum around the base of your teeth) occurs when you have gingivitis. 

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, visit one of our Winnipeg dental clinics and book an appointment, so we can assess your dental status. 

Symptoms of gingivitis: 

  • Swollen/puffy and tender gums
  • Dark red gums 
  • Gums that bleed while brushing and flossing
  • Receding gums: This is when your gums deteriorate and more of the tooth becomes exposed 
  • Bad breath and consistent bad taste in your mouth

How To Prevent Gingivitis

Daily dental hygiene is key – floss once daily, clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush and brush your teeth twice a day. Consider using a mouthwash with fluoride as well. 

We cannot stress enough how important regular dental check-ups are. Your dentist will assess your current oral health and they will advise you if you have gingivitis or any other gum disease, and will schedule you for future treatments. You will also be scheduled to see a dental hygienist who will clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. 

You have a better chance of reversing gingivitis if you seek care immediately. Book your appointment today with Dental Image Therapy Centres and learn more about your current dental health. We are conveniently located in St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre.

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