Keeping gum disease away all goes back to proper brushing
Gingivitis is the primary stage of advanced gum disease. When it escalates to gum disease, otherwise called periodontal disease, both gums and teeth are affected. Gums become infected by bacteria that comes from the buildup of plaque. Because gum disease gives you no pain at all, it is quite hard to detect. At the early stage up to the advanced stage, you may not even know that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease.
While this is a fair cause of alarm, a lot of people are not so much aware of the permanent damage gingivitis can lead to.
The gums hold your teeth in place in the mouth and with the bones that hold and form the jaw. Because so much focus is given to the teeth, the gums are quite often neglected. It does not help that the signs and symptoms are on stealth mode, too. Hence, treatment may come too late or not at all. You must know that if you have gingivitis or any sign of it, you are a potential candidate for tooth loss. So how can you have a fighting chance against gingivitis and periodontal disease?
Knowing the causes is vital. In order to know what you are up against, you need to know if your lifestyle and habits may be part of the cause. Gingivitis usually springs from extremely sticky buildup of plaque. This plaque buildup regularly occurs if you do not religiously brush your teeth. Bacteria from plaque produces acids that do harm to both teeth and gums. They attack the enamel and damage the gums, which leads to gum disease. The damage on both the gums and teeth can be permanent if you don’t take action to treat it. So you see, it all boils down to brushing regularly and keeping your mouth clean.
Although you should know that other causes of gingivitis include smoking, genetics, hormonal changes, certain illnesses, and some medication.
If you know your habits may give way to gingivitis, it would be prudent to not miss that next dental appointment. Your dentist can then examine the condition of your gums and tell you whether or not it’s in top shape. Given the way gingivitis manifests, attempt to be extra observant on your teeth and gums. Some obvious symptoms are red, swollen, and sometimes bleeding gums. Aside from these, bad breath may also count as a symptom. If you have any of these symptoms at all, do not think twice about going to your dentist for treatment.
When gingivitis progresses to gum disease, your overall dental health become compromised.
Why? Because then, the gums will have pulled away from the teeth, creating loose pockets around teeth. Because of these, bacteria can gleefully reside in the small pockets, causing more problems. If bacteria gets stuck inside these pockets, the bone supporting the teeth wears out and weakens. So you see, you cannot possibly ignore the signs and symptoms that scream ‘gingivitis’. Ignoring the signs only elevates your gingivitis to a bigger oral health problem. Your dental health experts are ready and waiting to help out with proper treatment following evaluation.
What kind of treatment does your dentist have for gingivitis and periodontal disease? If you do not have gingivitis yet, bear in mind that prevention is gold. Stick to it. How? Keep your brushing and flossing routine consistent. Get rid of the main cause – bacteria from plaque – by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day for two minutes. Let your fluoride toothpaste do the job of strengthening your teeth and keeping away plaque. Seal the deal by rinsing with mouth wash. Being antibacterial, mouth washes fight plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Keep a mouth wash handy at all times, especially for times when you cannot brush right away.
Do not skip the floss.
Once a day is not a bad idea at all. Flossing ensures that there are no food particles left in between your teeth. These areas are notorious for breeding bacteria as food particles that are left promote the growth of bacteria. If you already have gingivitis, do not worry if your gums continue to bleed. Chances are, the bleeding will persist for a time, but you must keep brushing and flossing. Ceasing to brush and floss because of the bleeding will only encourage more plaque. For this reason, continuously removing plaque is the key to improving the condition of your gums. Keep in mind that a healthy mouth springs from good brushing and flossing habits.
FAQ: Is gingivitis still reversible?
The diagnosis of gingivitis comes from your dental health expert. Dental professionals determine the intensity of the damage and the capacity of the gums to recuperate. So, be alert and see your dentist right away if you observe symptoms that point to gingivitis. The good news is, if they diagnose you with just gingivitis, it is still reversible. Given that you follow the prescribed treatment of your dentist, gingivitis won’t be there to stay.
What Does Moines Dental Group Say About the Prevention and Treatment of Gingivitis
As gingivitis is not easily detected, its possibility necessitates the compliance to your regular dental check ups. Your dentist is in the best position to spot these symptoms and decide the best course of treatment. Ask the topnotch dental health experts in Iowa about how your teeth and gums are doing and what you can do to keep your mouth free from plaque. Visit our Urbandale clinic or get an appointment at 2333 McKinley Ave Des Moines, IA 50321. Got any questions about oral health habits or need any help with what you have? Visit www.dmdentalgroup.com or call us at 515-512-5377 or 515-512-5339.