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Gingivitis is the term for the early stage of gum disease. If you were to go into the oral care aisle at the grocery store there are products—mouthwashes—claiming to help you be rid of gingivitis. These oral care companies make commercials to sell their products as defenders of gingivitis. But, if gingivitis is an early form of gum disease, why are the other, more advanced and chronic, versions of gum disease not mentioned by these companies?

Simple: gingivitis is easily treated in its early stages by a visit to the dentist and quality at-home oral care—brushing twice daily and flossing at least once (if treating gingivitis, you may also need to temporarily add a mouthwash to your routine).

But gingivitis is also fairly difficult to catch in its earliest stages. Gingivitis can exist without any real symptom, then progress to the more severe periodontal disease without a person even realizing they’re suffering from the condition.

If you notice the following symptoms: your gums are swollen and easily bleed, your gums are tender to the touch of a toothbrush, or, if you have developed the habit of having bad breath inexplicably (bad breath could also be a warning sign for other oral disease, or it could also be a sign that you had too much garlic for dinner).

Some people will be at a higher risk for developing gingivitis. Risk factors include: people who do not practice good oral care habits, people who smoke or use smokeless tobaccos (vapes also contribute to gum disease), a person’s mouth could be situated with teeth that are crooked or too tight and difficult to clean, a person may be on medication. Numerous medications have negative oral side effects, so read those warning labels or it could just be a case of a genetic predisposition to having the condition.

To get rid of gingivitis visit your dentist for a proper cleaning, and then continue the oral care routine of brushing-well twice daily and flossing at least once. And if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gingivitis, or if you just need to schedule your next dental checkup, call Premier Smile today.