Good oral hygiene not only takes care of your teeth but also protects your gums from a common problem - gingivitis. We tell you all about gingivitis, how it forms and most importantly, how to treat it.
What is gingivitis and how can I stop it?
Suffering from oral health problems can shake your confidence and lead to low self-esteem. Today, gingivitis is a common cause of bad breath, bleeding gums and swelling. In fact, it is one of the major problems facing patients who visit a dentist.
We have explored what actually causes this fairly common gum problem. Also find out how to solve and prevent it.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and, fortunately, is the easiest to treat, at least if it is taken in time. Commonly identified by gum inflammation, gingivitis is the result of the formation of sticky bacteria (plaque) on the teeth and gums.
If this plaque is regularly removed, it can cause very little damage to the mouth, but left alone, it will eventually cause gum irritation.
Typical symptoms of this irritation include red, soft gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath, receding gums, and sometimes pain on touch.
If they develop, these symptoms can progress to the next stage of gum disease, periodontitis, and can 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 symptoms by removing plaque and debris around your teeth.
Flossing is also an essential part of your routine, helping to remove bacteria from areas that are inaccessible to the brush.
The choice of your toothpaste plays an important role in the prevention of gingivitis. If your gums are fragile, you can start by choosing the right toothpaste. In pharmacies, drugstores and even in supermarkets, you will have no trouble finding a toothpaste specially designed for sensitive gums.
Your toothbrush must also be adapted to your gums. Favour nylon bristles that offer a deeper cleaning.
Another important factor in the prevention of gum disease is to make regular appointments with your dentist. Professional cleanings can help remove any bacteria or plaque that has hardened or become tartaric, which is impossible to remove with a normal toothbrush.
Your dentist will also be able to advise you so that you can perfect your oral hygiene routine and protect your teeth from gingivitis in the future.
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