Are you noticing a little pink in the sink? Do your gums look or feel puffy and swollen? There’s bad news and good news. Bad news – this may be gingivitis. Good news – if it is gingivitis, there are actions you can take to get your gums to a healthy state again.
Gingivitis, also known as periodontist, is extremely common, with more 200,000 people diagnosed with gum disease each year. It also poses the biggest threat to your dental hygiene. Keep reading to understand what gingivitis is, actions you can take to reverse the disease, and how to prevent it altogether.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that occurs when there is plaque build-up against the gums. The plaque irritates the gums, causing them to be inflamed. As a result, someone with gum disease may experience red, puffy gums, or bleeding while brushing or flossing.
If you think you have gum disease, it’s extremely important to take action immediately, to avoid an increase in the production of harmful bacteria. These bacteria can lead to issues beyond gingivitis like weakened tooth enamel or tooth loss. Even with regular brushing, it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your gum line because a healthy mouth starts there.
Actions You Can Take
If you think you have gingivitis, it’s important to take action quickly. Tooth loss, heart disease, and diabetes can occur if left untreated.
Studies have shown that a simple saltwater rinse, no more than twice a day, can help lower the inflammation of your gums. It can also reduce harmful bacteria and begin to heal your gums.
A visit to the dentist will reverse gingivitis. The professional cleaning will remove all traces of plaque from your teeth and beneath your gums, letting them to begin healing.
Taking really good care of your dental hygiene can help prevent gingivitis altogether. Here are some ways you can prevent gum disease:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.
- Floss every day.
- Use mouthwash daily.
- Try an electric toothbrush to help get your teeth even cleaner.
- Don’t smoke.
- Refrain from eating sugary foods.
Regular dental appointments. The best way to prevent gingivitis keeping up with your dental appointments. It’s recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning. During your cleaning, dentists examine your mouth for disease and other health issues. At Revitalizing Smiles, we strive to provide healthy smiles. Make an appointment today!
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