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As most people know, gingivitis is something you should try to avoid altogether. However, do you know what gingivitis actually is? Or what it can do to your teeth? Similarly, did you know that you could have it and not even know it?

You see, if plaque isn’t removed, it will eventually turn into tartar. Unfortunately, tartar usually builds up is at the base of your teeth and will irritate your gums. However, gingivitis can be caused by more than poor hygiene. For instance, you’ll be more prone to gingivitis if you’re pregnant, going through puberty or menopause, have diabetes or have a vitamin deficiency.

In fact, avoiding issues such as gingivitis is one important reason you should brush your teeth every day for two minutes at a time. We recommend brushing in order to remove plaque before it can harden to tartar. Unlike plaque, tartar is hard to remove, and you shouldn’t try to remove tartar at home since you could actually damage your teeth and gums. Instead, we recommend relying on professional help to have tartar removed.  

Similarly, if you try to treat gingivitis at home, you could actually be putting your health at risk. To treat gingivitis, you’ll need to remove plaque and tartar, and if they aren’t removed correctly, you could develop infections. This infection can lead to a number of problems, especially if harmful bacteria is able to enter your bloodstream.

If you need a cleaning or a checkup, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. John Verville is happy to address any questions and concerns you may have. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our team today at 904-284-9911. We are eager to receive your call!