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Have you ever heard of gingivitis? If not, it is important to learn what you can do about the oral health condition to prevent damage to your mouth that may arise from it. With effective care, you can prevent gingivitis and gum disease from destroying your mouth.

Gingivitis is an oral health condition that arises due to damage to your gums. It is an early stage of gum disease which is an infection of your gum tissue. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more advanced stages of gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

Preventing gum disease requires eating healthy, following a healthy lifestyle, and practicing effective oral health care routines. Only by taking the necessary steps to improve your lifestyle can you effectively treat gingivitis and further cases of gum disease.

Symptoms of gum disease are broad and far-ranging. If you think you have gum disease, look for indications that it may be occurring. Early signs of gingivitis include excessive redness of your gums, frequent bleeding in your mouth, inflammation, swelling, and an overall redness of your gums. Furthermore, if you notice signs that your gums are receding away from your teeth, gingivitis may be occurring. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is also a frequent sign of gum disease.

Protect your smile against the dangers of gingivitis and gum disease. If you would like to meet with Dr. Laris Milligan and our team at Laris W. Milligan for an examination, please call 910-799-5000 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Wilmington, North Carolina. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of a great smile!