Family Dentistry Basics: Gingivitis

Family Dentistry Basics: Gingivitis

Distinctive Dentistry is a family, cosmetic, and restorative dental office serving the greater Tacoma and Puyallup communities.

We want to help you prevent gum disease! One form of gum disease, gingivitis, is the build-up of plaque around the gum line which causes swelling and bleeding. Gingivitis can occur in anyone and requires increased vigilance around a home oral hygiene regimen. It also can be linked to hormonal changes in pregnancy, certain medications, and a compromised immune system brought on by conditions such as HIV or diabetes.

If you notice any signs of gingivitis, we recommend you:

  • Increase your flossing;
  • Brush gently, holding your brush at a 45-degree angle;
  • Use salt water rinses to help prevent infection; and
  • Make sure you’re up-to-date on your dental hygiene and exam appointments.

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