Gingivitis is a very common type of gum disease. The most popular symptoms are inflammation, tenderness, redness, and bleeding of the gums. Most of the time, this disease is brought on by a bacterial infection that spreads to the gums as a result of buildups of both plaque and tartar. Approximately half of American adults over the age of 30 are currently dealing with it, but can it spread from one person to another? Continue reading to find out!
Is Gingivitis Contagious
Gingivitis is generally caused by an abundance of bacteria in the mouth, and bacteria is something that can spread from one person to another. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that gum disease is contagious. When you exchange saliva with someone who has gum disease, whether it is through kissing, sharing drinks, or another means, they could spread some of this harmful bacteria to you, therefore increasing your risk, but just because your partner has it doesn’t mean that you are also destined for it. By taking precautions, it can be prevented.
How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?
Gum disease is very common, but it is relatively easy to prevent. Here are just a few steps that you should take in order to keep your gums in good health:
- Brush: You should brush your teeth twice a day to remove food debris and plaque that’s lingering in your mouth.
- Floss: Brushing isn’t enough on its own. You should use dental floss to clear away food particles, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline.
- Mouthwash: Rinsing with mouthwash helps to reduce plaque and wash away lingering food particles in the mouth after brushing and flossing.
- Risk analysis: Some people are at higher risk than others for developing gum disease. Factors include age, smoking, diet, and genetics. Talk to your dentist about any concerns you have.
- Don’t smoke: Smoking doubles your risk of developing gum disease. It is also linked to oral cancer along with many other medical issues. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways for you to quit.
- See your dentist: If gum disease is discovered early on, steps can be taken to reverse it before it becomes too serious. You should see your dentist every six months for a regular checkup.
Gingivitis is common, but it isn’t contagious like other illnesses can be. By following the steps listed above, you can keep your smile in excellent shape!
About the Practice
Dental Innovations is a multi-specialty practice consisting of general dentists, an oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, and orthodontist so your family can get everything they need in one convenient location. If you are struggling with gingivitis, they would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (215) 646-3040.