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What do you know about gingivitis? For instance, you probably know that you should brush and floss every day to keep your teeth healthy and strong. You may have heard that by following proper oral hygiene, you’ll help to prevent gingivitis entirely. However, what else do you know about gingivitis? Did you know that you could have the issue without even realizing it? Or what you should do to treat the issue?  

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. 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.

However, please note that while tartar is one of the main causes of gingivitis, it can be very dangerous to remove on your own. Unlike plaque, tartar is a hard substance that should be removed by a dentist. In fact, if you try to remove tartar on your own, you could damage your teeth and your gums.

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, but if they aren’t removed correctly, you could develop infections. This type of infection can lead to a number of problems, especially if harmful bacteria enters your bloodstream.

If you need a cleaning or a checkup, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Nathan Lester, and our team will address any questions and concerns you may have. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call Bear River Dental today at 307.789.5608. We are eager to receive your call!