Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It is the REVERSIBLE early stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Seventy-five percent of all adults may have some degree of gingivitis at some time during their lifetime; it can also affect children. With gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and they bleed easily; it is usually painless. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease, which, if left untreated, can cause teeth to loosen and eventually need to be extracted.
How to Control Gingivitis?
To control gingivitis, it is necessary to control plaque on a regular basis. Plaque is a thin, colorless, sticky film that forms on the teeth everyday.
To remove this film from the teeth:
1. BRUSH at least twice a day, vibrating the bristles into the gum line at a 45-degree angle.
2. FLOSS daily to remove plaque from places the toothbrush cannot reach – between the teeth and under the gum line. With proper home care, gingivitis can be controlled and prevented.