Gum disease and gingivitis are very similar and related when it comes to your teeth and gums. Gingivitis occurs when the gums are inflamed and bloody. Gum disease is another form of inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis is much easier to treat. Many people think that it is caused by over brushing the teeth. If you do not treat gingivitis, tooth loss may occur as periodontitis starts to form. 
 
What Are the Causes of Gingivitis?
 
Gingivitis is caused by the build up of plaque in the gums. The bacteria in plaque cause the gums to become inflamed and swollen. How do you know if you have gum disease? When you brush and floss your teeth, you may notice that your gums are bleeding. If this is new, it is important to call your dentist as soon as you notice it. They can help you fight gingivitis before it gets any worse. There is no reason to panic when this happens because it may not be gum disease. It is always important to get it checked out though. 
 
The Best Ways of Treating Gingivitis
 
There are some basic treatments for gingivitis such as getting a new toothbrush and going to your dentist to have your teeth cleaned. Depending on how long you have had gingivitis, you may need to visit your dentist frequently. This will also help to prevent any further damage to your mouth.  
 
If the gingivitis has gotten worse, you may need to have some root planning done to your gums. This is basically a deep cleaning that can make your gums much healthier. It will also help the gums heal and reattach if you have lost any large amounts of gums due to the disease. 
 
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
 
Gum disease and gingivitis both have similar symptoms that include: 
Bad Breath
Loose Teeth
Changes in the gums
Bleeding Gums
Holes or pockets in between the gums and the teeth
 
How is Gum Disease Treated?
 
Deep cleanings are one of the best ways to treat gum disease, but some cases will need surgery or implants. This depends on how much gum and bone you have lost. Your Las Vegas dentist will be able to tell you more when you go in for your next appointment. 
 

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