Gingivitis means Inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque induced gingivitis . Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to Periodontists, which is more serious and can eventually lead to loss of teeth.
The early symptoms of gingivitis include gums that are swollen or red and bleed easily during brushing or flossing. Many don’t recognize these as symptoms of gingivitis, in fact, 29 percent of Americans ages 50-64 believe that “a little bleeding from brushing and flossing” is normal.
A patient with gingivitis will have red and puffy gums, and they will most likely bleed when they brush their teeth. Generally, gingivitis resolves with good oral hygiene – longer and more frequent brushing, as well as flossing. Some people find that using an antiseptic mouthwash, alongside proper tooth brushing and flossing also helps.
Have you looked closely at your gums recently? Because, like many people, you may already have gingivitis and not even know it. Now that’s scary.
Following tips to Prevent Gingivitis:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily to remove plaque.
- Attending regular checkups with your dentist.
- Eating a well-balanced diet to maintain strong teeth and bones.
- Avoiding cigarettes and other forms of tobacco.
Don’t disregard the effects of Gingivitis!
Sources: Retrived on December 16, 2016