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Have you heard about gingivitis but don’t quite know what it means? We can explain the condition to help you understand how you can identify, prevent and treat it. Gingivitis affects your gum tissue. It is the first phase of gum disease, and it is also the easiest to treat.

Gingivitis occurs when plaque and tartar start to irritate your gingiva. The gingiva is the part of your gum tissue that is closest to your teeth. If plaque is not brushed and flossed off quickly, it can build up on your teeth and gum line. Plaque can turn into tartar as it develops. Tartar is considerably harder to clean off, and it can form a wall between your brush and remaining plaque, which keeps that plaque from being removed too. Tartar can also provide extra space for plaque to form on, like towering building can fit more offices than a single-storey building can.

As plaque and tartar irritate the gums, they may start to recede from your teeth. The gums may swell and feel tender too. They may change colors, going from pink to red. They may start to weaken a bit, which can cause some bleeding when you brush or floss. You may also develop halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath. You may notice this odorous breath is considerably harder to get rid of than usual.

If you notice these symptoms, don’t worry. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease, but it is comparatively easy to deal with. You can get help by visiting one of our dentists here at Coral Springs Smile Care in Coral Springs, Florida. Our team, under the direction of Drs. Gauri Mankame, Disha Mankame and Dipak Mankame, can clean off the plaque and tartar for you. They can then direct you on what oral hygiene practices you can use to keep those things off your teeth so your gums can heal and become pink again. Call us at 954-752-4484 today, and we will be happy to help you combat and prevent gingivitis!