By Shelly Fesler, RDH, BSDH
If you have gingivitis, treating it is an easy way to improve your health. We can't control everything that impacts our health but gingivitis can be easily and affordably controlled with just a little effort.
Not only will you be healthier and feel better, you will look better too. Nothing ruins a nice white smile like puffy, red and inflamed gums.
You can get rid of gingivitis if you learn how to recognize the symptoms and then follow 2 simple steps.
The primary cause of gingivitis is plaque so the main goal when treating gingivitis is to remove plaque.
With less plaque on your teeth you will not only have healthier gums but also fewer cavities, less chronic inflammation, fresher breath and better health over-all.
When it comes to plaque less is more; less plaque = more health:)
Gingivitis is inflammation of your gums. The classic signs are redness, swelling, and bleeding.
This condition can be painful but in its early stages is painless and most often goes unnoticed.
Mild gingivitis is very common and likely to be undiagnosed. Take this quiz to see if you have any symptoms.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and the easiest to reverse.
If left untreated, this condition can progress to a more destructive stage of periodontal disease that is more difficult to reverse and eventually causes tooth loss.
Treating gingivitis is simple....just clean your teeth thoroughly everyday by brushing and flossing.
Sounds easy and it is easy when your gums are healthy.
But if you have gingivitis, it will take some persistent effort on your part.
It goes against natural instincts to cause pain or bleeding but that is what happens when you have gingivitis and suddenly start to thoroughly clean your teeth.
Inflamed gums are sore and get more sore after proper brushing and flossing.
They feel better when they are ignored.
Gums with gingivitis often get ignored and the condition silently progresses to more severe gum disease that requires professional treatment.
It is easier to stay motivated if you know from the start that it is ok for your gums to be a little bit sore and bleed at first. They will gradually improve and after a week of good care and will be much healthier.
For gums that are swollen, sore and bleed easily, I prefer a simple and gradual approach to treating gingivitis.
In some cases, treating gingivitis can be more complicated. Your cure for gingivitis may require a closer look at contributing factors.
Chronic diseases, dry mouth, hormonal changes during puberty and pregnancy, medications, sensitivity to metal brackets and wires used for orthodontic treatment, reaction to foods or dental products, genetics, crowded or crooked teeth are some conditions that make treating gingivits more complicated. Learn more about gingivitis Causes.
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