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Do you keep getting gingivitis? Do you know what can elevate your chances of developing periodontal disease? Gingivitis may be noticed if you have red or swollen gums that might be tender and bleed easily. Sometimes, gingivitis may seem to sneak up on you because it might not cause any discomfort. Gingivitis is an infection in the gums that can be mild but can get worse if it isn’t treated.

Risk Factors
One of the most common causes of gingivitis, or periodontal disease, is having poor a dental hygiene routine. Plaque, which is made when sugars and starches interact with the bacteria in your mouth, can be removed when you brush and floss. If you have poor dental habits, or do it incorrectly, plaque can build up and turn into tartar, which could even require our dentist to remove it. You should regularly remove plaque as it can regrow in 24 hours.

Other risk factors of gingivitis may include:
-Substance abuse
-Using tobacco products
-Diabetes
-Hormonal changes
-Pregnancy
-Certain diseases or medications
-Poorly fitting oral restorations
-Dry mouth

If you’re near Catoosa, Oklahoma, and would like more information about gingivitis prevention, or if you would like to make an appointment at Dental Arts of Catoosa, please call 918-937-2787. Dr. Soren Michaelsen would be happy to address your dental health concerns.