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Do you have a bleeding gum when you brush your teeth? Are your gums swollen and tender? You may have a bacterial condition known as gingivitis. 

But never fear; you are not alone. Over 80 million Americans have some form of gum disease, and many other types of gum disease fall under the umbrella of periodontal disease

Gingivitis gums begins when bacteria build up in between your teeth, causing these unpleasant symptoms:

  • Irritation of the gums
  • Redness, swelling, and tenderness
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Inflammation
  • Unexplained bad breath

If left untreated, gingivitis will worsen to eventually include bone loss and tooth loss and a more severe condition known as periodontitis. Additionally, teeth will become loose and fall out, leading to the need for expensive dental implants.

Fortunately, gingivitis can be prevented. The treatment are done to reverse the damage and avoid the tooth loss so common with untreated gingivitis.


The most common way to prevent gingivitis is excellent home oral care. Brushing and flossing are excellent preventative measures as follows:

  •    Daily brushing- at least twice a day
  •    Daily flossing- at least once a day
  •    Regular dental visits- about every six months

Also, eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugary drinks and foods that can remain on your teeth and contribute to bacteria buildup and cavities can also help. Consider using an antiseptic mouth rinse as well.

When it is so easy to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile at home and with regular dental visits, why would anyone avoid this and be forced to deal with the terrible consequences of periodontal disease?


If you‘re one of the millions of Canadians suffering from gingivitis, you‘re probably looking for ways to get rid of it. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help improve your gum health.

The first step in treating gingivitis is to establish a good oral hygiene routine. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. You may also need to see your dentist more often for professional cleanings.

In some cases, your dentist may prescribe a medicated mouthwash or toothpaste to help control the bacteria that cause gingivitis. They may also recommend a special toothbrush with soft bristles.

If your gingivitis is more severe, you may need to have a deep cleaning done by your dentist. This involves removing the tartar and plaque from below the gum line. After the disease is under control, you‘ll need to continue with a good oral hygiene routine to prevent it from coming back.

If you are suffering from gingivitis, Westgate Dental Centre can provide you with the treatment you need. Our dentists are experienced in treating this condition and can offer you a range of options to help you get your oral health back on track. We can provide you with a customised treatment plan that will address the underlying causes and help you to achieve and maintain good oral health.