At Duncraig Village Dental, we take the topic of gingivitis seriously. It’s something we see and treat on a daily basis, and have covered in depth in previous blog posts on this site. In this second part of our study into gingivitis and its overall health effects, a companion piece to ‘Spot the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis’, we will look at the preventative measures you can take to reduce and cure gingivitis and periodontitis.
A Brief Overview of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that affects the part of the gum that sits at the base of your teeth called gingiva. Bleeding gums, redness, tenderness, swollen gums and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis.
Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up on the tooth and forms tartar. The tartar creates a natural barrier and shield for bacteria; bacteria formed as a direct result of food acting with the natural bacteria in your mouth, causing irritation along the gumline/gingiva.
Gingivitis is a direct result of poor oral hygiene and care, and can be the result of genetics, poor nutrition, hormonal changes, dry mouth and poor dental work/crooked teeth. It can also be the result of varying health conditions including diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems including abscesses, tooth loss and – early studies have shown – could potentially affect the heart, lungs and other parts of the body – if bacteria enter the bloodstream as a result of periodontitis (bone disease).
Therefore gum disease prevention is paramount for gingivitis prevention and treatment.
How to Prevent Gingivitis
Swollen gums treatment, gum infection treatment, gum inflammation treatment, whatever you like to call it (as it does take on many definitions, we know!) gingivitis prevention is real and it’s effectual – all it takes is a couple of minutes a day and a little careful planning.
Good oral health
Gingivitis treatment is as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day (in the morning and before sleep), flossing daily and using mouthwash. We recommend brushing after every meal, and ideally, flossing before brushing – as flossing loosens and removes food and bacteria. These simple processes will reduce plaque and improve overall gum health.
Improved diet and health
Gingivitis preventions are also directly correlated with improved diet and health. A healthy diet directly influences and improves dental health. Sugary foods, smoking and chewing tobacco contribute to the onset of gingivitis. An improved diet, as well as regular health checks, will greatly improve dental health and reduce the risks of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Regular dental appointments
We recommend visiting your dentist or dental hygienist every 6-12 months for cleanings and general consultations. If you are at a higher risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis due to preexisting conditions, we recommended visiting your local dental practice at least twice yearly. Regular dental x-rays will help identify the onset of any potential gum disease or any dental health irregularities, and contribute to the overall treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis.
How to Cure Gingivitis
If you are experiencing the symptoms of gingivitis, don’t panic, there is a gingivitis cure. If you act quickly and seek professional treatment, you can reverse gingivitis effects and prevent the onset of further, possibly permanent damage.
Okay. Where to begin?
Book a dental appointment
If you are experiencing gum soreness or gingivitis-related symptoms, we recommend you book an appointment with your dental care provider immediately. Your dentist will review your dental history and assess your dental health, examining your mouth, tongue, teeth and gums for signs of any plaque and inflammation. X-rays may also be taken to identify periodontal damage.
Your dental practitioner will then scale and clean your teeth, removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth, gums and roots. This procedure will remove and prevent bacterial growth. Dental restoration or improved dentistry, such as the realignment of teeth and repair work to preexisting dentistry, may be undertaken as an improved preventative measure.
Maintain proper oral health care
A professional dental examination and clean should eliminate gingivitis. But, like any procedure, if ongoing health care is not maintained and continued at home, the initial symptoms will most likely recur. To prevent this from happening, follow good oral health practices and adhere to the information provided by your dentist. If followed as prescribed, the likelihood of gingivitis resurfacing is greatly diminished.
For any further information on gingivitis and its treatment, please visit our website at dvdental.com.au or call our practice on 9246 9911.