Gingivitis is a condition that causes the gums surrounding and supporting the teeth to become inflamed. The gums not only help to support the teeth, they also help prevent food from accumulating in between the teeth. When the gums become inflamed they recede away from the teeth and become red in colour. Gingivitis is not really a very serious condition in itself, but it is a precursor to more serious dental diseases, like periodontists.

Gingivitis can occur when plaque builds up on the teeth. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that is soft at first but becomes harder over time. The bacteria that live in plaque release acids and toxins that start to break down the hard outer enamel covering of the teeth. Not only does this plague begin to break down the enamel, it also tends to irritate the gums that line the teeth. It is this irritation that leads to the inflammation and redness that is associated with gingivitis. At first this condition causes few problems besides some redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums, because the connective tissues and bones that support the teeth have yet to be affected. However, if the condition is allowed to persist it can lead to the development of other serious dental problems, many of which cause tooth decay, tooth loss and jawbone problems.

People with crooked or misaligned teeth often find have problems cleaning their teeth and the spaces in between their teeth. When this occurs, these interdental spaces are ideal breeding ground for bacteria and plaque builds up easily. A permanent solution to this problem is to have your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment. This will close up any large gaps between the teeth and make the interdental spaces easier to reach with floss and interdental brushes. Modern orthodontics use light forces and often invisible wires or aligners to move teeth into the correct place. Orthodontic solutions such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles offer patients a reliable tooth straightening solution.

If you are worried about plaque build-up due to skew or crooked teeth you should consult with the dental team of the Parrock Dental and Implant Centre. For excellent advice on braces in Gravesend, Dr Rik Trivedi and his team can help.

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