Are you suffering from sore gums? Bleeding when brushing your teeth or flossing? Gum inflammation? You could have gingivitis, and you should get treatment immediately to make sure it doesn’t get worse. Not sure what gingivitis is, or how you can prevent and treat it? You’re in the right place.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It’s non-destructive, and reversible with the proper treatment. It’s caused when plaque and tartar begin to build up on the gum tissues surrounding the teeth.
These bacteria then infect the gums. If this infection is not treated in time, it can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss and a number of other issues.
What Are the Signs of Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is often painless. You may not realize you even have it. So be on the lookout for these following signs and symptoms:
- Bleeding while brushing your teeth and gums
- Gums that look puffy or are receding slightly
- Gums that look inflamed or darkly-colored
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Tenderness and gum sensitivity
If you notice more than one of these symptoms, you may have early-stage gingivitis.
How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?
The best preventative measures for preventing gingivitis are simple, easy-to-follow oral care tips.
Brush at least twice, and preferably three times a day for at least 2 minutes. Use an electric toothbrush to enhance the effectiveness of brushing. Floss once per day. See your dentist every 6 months for regular teeth and gum cleanings, and oral exams.
How Can Gingivitis Be Treated?
Gingivitis can usually be treated by following the above tips for better oral hygiene and having your teeth cleaned by a professional.
However, you may need what’s called a “deep cleaning” if your gingivitis is in a more advanced stage. This procedure uses special tools and scrapers to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line. You may also be given an antibiotic mouthwash, such as chlorhexidine, which will help kill the bacteria which cause gingivitis.
Get Treatment for Gingivitis Right Away
Gum disease won’t go away if you ignore it. If you take no steps to treat this issue, it will get worse, and it could eventually develop into incurable periodontitis. Start taking steps to protect your oral health now and keep your gums pink, healthy, and happy!