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Gingivitis Edmonton

Gingivitis is a common and non-destructive form of periodontal disease, but it's essential to address it promptly to prevent it from progressing to more severe conditions like periodontitis. If you're experiencing signs of gingivitis, such as red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, it's crucial to seek treatment. At ABC Dental Care in Edmonton, we specialize in gingivitis treatment to help you maintain optimal gum health.

Understanding Gingivitis

Gingivitis is characterized by inflammation of the gums. It often results from the accumulation of dental plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—on the teeth and gums. When not effectively removed through regular brushing and flossing, this plaque can irritate the gums, leading to gingivitis. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tenderness or discomfort in the gums

While gingivitis is generally mild in its early stages and may not cause significant discomfort, it should not be ignored. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more severe condition called periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss and other complications.

Treating Gingivitis

The good news is that gingivitis is treatable and often reversible with proper dental care. Our experienced dental team at ABC Dental Care can provide you with effective gingivitis treatment, which may include the following steps:

  1. Professional Cleaning: Our dental hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar buildup, especially in areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.
  2. Oral Hygiene Guidance: We will educate you on proper brushing and flossing techniques to help you maintain good oral hygiene at home. This includes recommendations for the use of a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  3. Mouthwash: An antiseptic mouthwash may be recommended to help reduce bacteria in the mouth and control inflammation.
  4. Regular Check-Ups: We'll schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure your gums are healing properly.

Preventing Gingivitis

Prevention is key to avoiding gingivitis in the first place. To maintain healthy gums and prevent gingivitis from recurring, we recommend the following:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using proper technique
  • Floss daily to clean between your teeth and along the gumline
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash if recommended by your dentist
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings
  • Quit smoking if you're a smoker
  • Maintain a balanced diet and limit sugary foods and beverages

Contact ABC Dental Care Today!

If you're concerned about gingivitis or experiencing any of its symptoms, don't hesitate to seek professional treatment. Call ABC Dental Care at (780) 486-0788 to book your appointment with Dr. Monica Lau. Our friendly and skilled dental team is here to provide you with the care you need, and we're conveniently located at 18250 89 Avenue NW in Edmonton, AB. Let us help you maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile!

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