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Expert urges early action on gingivitis
Updated: 10/28/2008 12:00:49 PM

Expert urges early action on gingivitis Sufferers of gingivitis must take action quickly or they could lose their teeth, dental health experts urge.

This advice was given by American Dental Association member Scott M. Olson to

Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease that affects millions of Americans. Olson explained that if left untreated, gingivitis can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums, a result of loss of bone and damage to tissue. This can cause teeth to fall out.

In more advice relevant to dental care and dental health, Olson explained that some risk factors for gingivitis include smoking or chewing tobacco and some medicines such as steroids or anti-epilepsy drugs.

While there is no toothbrush or toothpaste that can particularly help people who suffer from gingivitis, he said most dentists recommend using a brush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride.

Gingivitis is defined by as an "inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth." Inflammation can be caused by bacteria, which flourish in the mouth as it is warm and moist.

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