What is Gingivitis and How Can I Stop it?
Suffering from any oral health issues can knock your confidence and leave you lacking in self-esteem. One of the main problems facing dental patients today, gingivitis is a common cause of bad breath, bleeding gums and swelling. We’ve explored what actually causes this common problem, and how it can be tackled and prevented.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and thankfully is the easiest to treat. Commonly identified by the inflammation of gums, gingivitis is the result of sticky bacteria (plaque) being left to form on the teeth and gums.
If this plaque is regularly removed it can cause very little harm to the mouth, but left to its own devices it will ultimately result in irritation of the gums. Typical symptoms of this irritation include red and tender gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath, and receding gums. If left to develop, these symptoms can develop into the next stage of gum disease, periodontitis, and may eventually lead to loose teeth.
How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?
Your oral hygiene routine is key to preventing gingivitis, and proper brushing can help you avoid the symptoms by removing plaque and debris from around the teeth. Flossing is also a vital part of your routine, helping you to remove bacteria from places unreachable to the brush.
Another important factor in preventing gum disease is booking regular appointments with your hygienist. Professional cleanings can help to remove any bacteria or plaque that has hardened, or become tartar, which is impossible to remove with a normal toothbrush. Hygienists can also provide you with advice so you can perfect your routine and safeguard your teeth against gingivitis in the future.
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment with the dentist or hygienist then please call us on 01695 627 617 or fill in the ‘Contact Us‘ form and one of our team members will call you back.