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If you brush your teeth and find a little pink in the sink, you shouldn’t dismiss it. In fact, minor bleeding as a result of brushing and flossing is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results from a poor or inconsistent oral hygiene routine that fails to effectively remove plaque from your teeth and gumline. It also results from refusing to visit your dentist, Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci, for your six month checkups.

When this happens, the plaque hardens and forms tartar. Hardened tartar at the gumline introduces a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation and a minor infection.

Other symptoms of gingivitis include red or inflamed gums, bleeding gums, and chronic bad breath.

In many cases, gingivitis can be counteracted, treated and reversed. This is done when Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci performs a thorough dental cleaning and when you have diligent and consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

If gingivitis is detected and treated early, it will not develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

If you’ve been seeing a little pink in the sink when you brush your teeth, and you’d like to know more about gingivitis in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, you should call Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci to set up an appointment.