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Cavities. Gum disease. An abscess. Each one of these can be harmful not just to your teeth, but to the rest of your mouth as well. And you’re cautioned almost constantly to avoid these problems at all costs.

Gingivitis is another one that you’re often told to watch out for, but it’s usually not explained as well as it could be. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to teach you what it is, and how you can just say no to dealing with it in your life.

What is it?
Gingivitis is an early-stage form of gum disease. It can occur when plaque builds up along your gum line, hardening into what we call tartar. This buildup eats away at your teeth and gums, causing a whole host of different problems.

When plaque hardens into tartar, it could infect your gums and cause them to swell and get red and tender to the touch. That’s gingivitis, which is an early stage form of gum disease.

How to avoid it
Now, having gingivitis doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? You’re right – it’s not. But can you avoid it? The answer is yes – and it may be very simple.

The best way to avoid gingivitis is to brush twice a day and floss. Flossing is the best way to remove the possibility of gum disease from your future. Flossing can remove all of the debris that can build up into tartar from between your teeth. Serious flossing means you’ll be seriously avoiding gum disease.

Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs and the rest of the team in Tomball, Texas, are dedicated to helping you have great oral health. If you have more questions, call Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates today at 281-205-4717.