Gum Disease: Discover Affordable Ways to Avoid Gingivitis
By Affordental Staff on September 15, 2015
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and is considered as a common and mild form of periodontal disease or also known as the gum disease. Due to its mild nature, in some cases the person isn’t even aware they have gingivitis but if not treated it often leads to more complicated gum disease and, potentially, tooth loss.
To prevent serious gum disease and eventual tooth loss, this article brings you everything you need to know about gingivitis.
The most common cause of gingivitis is inadequate oral hygiene. With the poor oral hygiene, plaque forms and it brings various problems. Plaque is an invisible film that is entirely composed of bacteria. To prevent plaque from forming, you have to brush your teeth regularly. If you don’t remove plaque for two or three days, it hardens under gum line into calculus (tartar) which cannot be removed by brushing teeth and requires a visit to a dentist.
With the poor oral hygiene, plaque and tartar remain your gums for a longer period and they irritate gingiva. Gingiva is part of your gum that is located around the base of the teeth. Irritated gingiva is characterized by swollen gums that bleed frequently.
If left untreated, gingivitis can separate teeth and gums which causes injury to the soft tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. In turn, your teeth become unstable and leads to gum disease.
Gingivitis isn’t usually painful which is why you can have this disease without even knowing it. However, it doesn’t occur without signs and symptoms. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
• Soft, puffy, and swollen gums
• Gums start to recede
• Gums become tender
• Frequent bleeding
• Changed color of the gums
• Bad breath.
Who’s at risk?
Anyone can develop gingivitis, but some people have increased the risk for this disease. For example:
• Inadequate oral hygiene regime
• Tobacco uses or smoking
• Some medications
• Crooked teeth
• Broken fillings
• Compromised immunity e.g. HIV/AIDS
• Older age
• Some viral and fungal infections
• Dry mouth
• Inadequate nutrition etc.
Treatments and actions steps
Adequate treatment requires professional care and improvement of oral hygiene. Your dentist might perform a deep cleaning of your teeth, antibiotics, and in severe cases – surgery. Other treatments include Scaling to remove tartar, root planning to smooth rough spots that occur due to tartar, and laser removal of tartar.
As gingivitis usually requires professional care you also have to make some changes in your lifestyle that will help to treat this disease like:
• Use a softer brush and replace it every 3 to 4 months
• Brush teeth twice a day
• Use mouthwash
• Purchase an interdental cleaner.
Consistent oral hygiene will result in noticeable improvements e.g. you will see your gums are getting their natural color back, no bleeding etc.
How can I prevent gingivitis?
The only way to prevent gingivitis is to have consistent and adequate oral hygiene that includes brushing teeth twice a day, flossing, using mouthwash. Also, make sure you eat healthy foods and reduce the consumption of junk, sugary foods and candies causing gum problems. Naturally, visit your dentist regularly to make sure you’re on the right track.
Gingivitis is common and since it doesn’t hurt you might not even know you have it. It is important to visit your dentist regularly and to check up your gums regularly to see whether you can spot any changes in the color, whether they are puffy etc. Establish healthy and regular oral hygiene routine, eat healthy foods and your gums will be protected.
Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She is a long-time native from Ashburn, Virginia, USA, who loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, she like to do research and write articles to bring awareness to the most recent health and beauty problems, and innovative remedies that can help save the lives of people while bringing down the costs of health care. She loves to be the world’s leading authority in the field of health and lifestyle fitness by providing wellness information. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate &; inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on Pinterest and Twitter.