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How to Defend Against Gingivitis

In the words of Ace Venture, “Gingivitis is the number one cause of all tooth decay.”

What exactly is gingivitis though?

Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontitis (periodontal disease), which can lead to tooth decay. That happens when plaque, which is a bacteria that feeds off the sugars you eat, begins to eat away at the gums and teeth. When this takes place, gingivitis starts.

If you are experiencing gums that bleed, then you are most likely experiencing gingivitis. This means that the plaque buildup is not being removed completely when you are brushing and flossing. If this persists, then it will lead to periodontal disease, which will lead not just to tooth decay, but also damage to gums and the jawbone.


Gingivitis is a very serious oral condition that must be addressed and treated. The best way to fight gingivitis is to do what you should always do: brush twice per day, floss daily, use antiseptic mouthwash, and undergo dental cleanings twice per year. By doing these four things, you will be able to eliminate the threat of gingivitis and periodontitis, and save your teeth from tooth decay.

When you brush and floss, you are strengthening your gums and teeth by removing plaque buildup and food particles. Ensuring that there are no food particles between your teeth ensures that the bacteria of plaque can’t make a negative impact on your oral health.


All of our dentists educate their patients, kids and adults, on the importance of taking the simple steps to protect teeth. From our kids dentists to our general dentists, each patient is consulted individually on precisely what they should do to protect their teeth.

If you are experiencing bleeding gums and swollen gums, then contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning. We hope that you aren’t experiencing any of those symptoms so keep brushing, flossing, and rinsing. We’ll see you soon for the next dental cleaning.

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