Gingivitis is defined as the inflammation or swelling of the gum tissues (Gum Inflammation). Most cases of Gingivitis are the result of poor Oral Hygiene. Gums that are swollen, tender and bleed easily when you brush your teeth are more than likely affected by Gingivitis. The majority of American adults have some form of Gum Disease. Gingivitis is the most common form of Gum Disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis starts to develop when bacteria build up between the teeth and gums. Gingivitis leads to irritation, inflammation and bleeding. If untreated, Gingivitis can progress to more serious gum diseases such as periodontitis. This will eventually lead to the destruction of bone and to tooth loss. However, Gingivitis is preventable and treatable.
Pregnancy tends to exaggerate the body's normal response to dental plaque. This is because four basic hormones vital to the continuation of pregnancy are produced in large quantities during the gestation period. This hormonal increase, which occurs during pregnancy, exaggerates the way the gum tissues react to plaque bacteria increasing the risk of Pregnancy Gingivitis. For this reason, pregnancy can increase the likelihood that women will develop Gingivitis. Nevertheless, the number one cause of the Gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Consult with a dentist regarding diagnosis and treatments of Gingivitis.