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Poor oral hygiene is the biggest risk factor for gingivitis. Other risk factors include diabetes and having a weakened immune system. Tobacco use, malnutrition, and dentures that are not fit properly are additional factors. In addition, the use of specific medications can increase the risk of gingivitis, as can changes in hormone levels, such as those associated with pregnancy.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
American Dental Association answeredGingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red and swollen and to bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort and it can be reversed with treatment in the dental office and good oral care at home. People who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to have periodontal disease. Other risk factors include certain medications such as steroids, anti-seizure drugs, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure pills and birth control pills that affect the gums and people with systemic diseases such as diabetes, blood disorders, HIV and AIDS, that can lower the body's resistance to infection. Teens, pregnant women and those taking birth control pills face changes in the body's hormone levels, which can cause gum tissue to become more sensitive to the toxins produced by bacteria. Genes may also play a role. Some patients may be more likely to get a more severe type of periodontitis. If your parents wear dentures or you have a family history of tooth loss, be extra alert for changes to your gums. Finally, the bacteria associated with periodontal disease may be passed from parents to children and between partners. Research suggests that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can be passed through saliva.
If left untreated, gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease. The best way to prevent gingivitis is by brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile your entire life.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Carol Jahn, Dentistry, answeredInadequate or infrequent dental hygiene is the biggest reason most people develop gingivitis. Missing areas during brushing or failing to clean between teeth leaves behind plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that irritates the gums causing redness, swelling, and bleeding. Some conditions like diabetes or pregnancy can make your gums become inflamed more easily. The good news is that in most cases, gingivitis is reversible with improved tooth brushing and cleaning between your teeth. One product that has a very good scientific track record for reducing gingivitis is the Water Flosser. It reaches deep between teeth and under the gum line for thorough cleansing.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.