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Gingivitis Symptoms, prevention, and Treatment
Do you have a bleeding gum when you brush your teeth? Are your gums swollen and tender? You may have a bacterial condition known as gingivitis.
But never fear; you are not alone. Over 80 million Americans have some form of gum disease, and many other types of gum disease fall under the umbrella of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis begins when bacteria build up in between your teeth, causing these unpleasant symptoms:
- Irritation of the gums
- Redness, swelling, and tenderness
- Bleeding of the gums
- Unexplained bad breath
If left untreated, gingivitis will worsen to eventually include bone loss and tooth loss and a more severe condition known as periodontitis. Additionally, teeth will become loose and fall out, leading to the need for expensive dental implants.
Fortunately, gingivitis can be prevented. The disease can also be treated to reverse damage and avoid the tooth loss so common with untreated gingivitis.
The most common way to prevent gingivitis is excellent home oral care. Brushing and flossing are excellent preventative measures as follows:
- Daily brushing- at least twice a day
- Daily flossing- at least once a day
- Regular dental visits- about every six months
Also, eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugary drinks and foods that can remain on your teeth and contribute to bacteria buildup and cavities can also help. Consider using an antiseptic mouth rinse as well.
When it is so easy to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile at home and with regular dental visits, why would anyone avoid this and be forced to deal with the terrible consequences of periodontal disease?
Have you already developed gingivitis? Contact your dentist immediately to schedule a professional cleaning called ‘scaling’ to control bacteria buildup and reverse the damage.
Gingivitis treatment is highly effective if the disease is detected in time. The most effective gingivitis treatment or gum disease treatment is to prevent gingivitis and gum disease from getting started. Gingivitis treatment begins with a regular daily brushing of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar. Scraping of the tongue is also important to remove bacteria. Many people overlook these important parts of oral hygiene, but they are essential for gingivitis treatment.
Gingivitis treatment, including treatment for receding gums, bleeding gums, canker sores, and other problems of the teeth and gums, does not have to be an arduous task.
Non-antibiotic procedure for treating the underlying infection liable for periodontal disease.
Following routine scaling, the dentist will apply the compound right into the periodontal pockets and around the gum line of affected teeth. The compound quickly penetrates the plaque preferentially binding to multiple structural components in bacteria, including their toxic secretions. Laser light is then applied directly to the affected sites using a fibre optic probe. A powerful free-radical reaction destroys the targeted bacteria and the associated toxins such as collagenase.
Periowave is a revolutionary new adjunctive treatment bringing the power and ease of photodynamic disinfection¹ to the treatment of periodontal diseases.
There are numerous commercial and prescription mouthwashes available.
Chlorhexidine gluconate is a prescribed germicidal mouthwash that treats gingivitis by reducing bacteria in the mouth. It’s also available in gel form (corsodyl dental gel).
Regular anti-bacterial mouthwashes purchased from the supermarket or pharmacy can also help treat gingivitis when used alongside brushing and flossing.