Gingivitis, early Signs And Prevention
Gingivitis sounds like something you might not want to get, but what is it? Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It occurs as a result of a plaque and bacteria accumulated on your teeth. It is a clear, sticky film or substance forming on your teeth daily.
In fact, one of the main reasons you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly is because you want to avoid plaque build up, prevent gingivitis and keep your teeth healthy. Accumulated Plaque on your teeth, left untreated, eventually causes plaque to harden turning into tartar, which can only be removed by professionals in dentist office.
Early Signs of Gingivitis
Check your gums for redness, they may bleed when your brush your teeth, but you may not notice anything. Early signs may also include puffy gums, change in colour of your gums (usually purple), bad breath, receding, soft gums and traces of blood on your toothbrush.
Prevention and Treatment Options For Gingivitis
Key factor in prevention of Gingivitis is early detection. If patient is diagnosed early on, treatment is prompt and proper, gingivitis can be successfully reversed.
Our caring dentist at Lakefront Family Dental can remove plaque and tartar build up, also known as scaling. In severe cases of gingivitis and substantial tartar first treatment can be uncomfortable. Good news is, with regular dental visits after that (at least every 6 months) scaling gets easier and most importantly less painful with each visit.
What You Can Do At Home To Prevent Gingivitis
- Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably with electric toothbrush as it gets more plaque out then with manual brushing.
- Floss Regularly
- Use mouthwash to reduce bacteria build up
- Visit your dentist regularly for scaling and regular check ups.
Remember, people with teeth live longer then people without teeth, so if you want to keep them - take care of them!