Dealing with any disease as soon as possible is critical to preventing serious health problems.
This is particularly true for gum disease. According to The International Journal of Cardiology in 2014, Between 50 to 70 percent of the population has some kind of gum disease.
Ranging in severity from gingivitis (mild inflammation) to the threatening chronic condition called periodontitis, gum disease can result in the loss of teeth and worse. And gum disease begins simply, and in a stage that is easily treated, with gingivitis. Reversing gingivitis when it’s still in its early stages is easy if you know the signs and symptoms.
To help you defeat gingivitis, Comfort Dental Centre Buderim wants you to know all about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of gingivitis!
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, in which plaque, a naturally-occurring sticky film containing bacteria, builds up on teeth and gums, and leads to inflammation of the gum tissues. Plaque creates toxins that irritate the gums, leading to inflamed gums that become red or puffy, in some cases causing them to bleed. If gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to far worse conditions such as periodontitis, infection, and even lost teeth. The good news is that it can be successfully treated if caught early!
Symptoms of Gingivitis
So, how can you tell if you have gingivitis? Two things to consider are existing symptoms and risk factors that you might have.
In mild cases of gingivitis, there is often no discomfort or dramatic symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis can include:
- Gums that may be painful to the touch or tender
- Gums that are bright red or purple
- Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Bad breath, or halitosis
- Inflamed or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Soft gums
Risk factors include:
Age. Older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease.
Smoking/tobacco use. Tobacco users are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies show that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.
Genetics. Research suggests that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.
Stress. Stress is linked to many conditions including hypertension and cancer. Stress also is a risk factor for gingivitis.
Medicine. Some drugs can affect your oral health.
Clenching or grinding teeth. Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.
Poor nutrition/obesity. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums and increase the risk of periodontal disease.
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Gingivitis can be prevented and even reversed with good oral hygiene. Here are our suggestions!
Brush your teeth. Brushing regularly, and after meals, removes food debris and plaque stuck between your teeth and gums. When you brush, be sure to reach your tongue, bacteria often hide there. At Comfort Dental Centre Buderim we’d be happy to give you a refresher course in correct and effective brushing techniques!
Floss. Flossing daily helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line – this reduces potential food for the bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth, in areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
Rinse with mouthwash. Mouthwash can help reduce plaque and rinse out food particles that brushing and flossing may have missed.
Know your risk factors. Age, diet, tobacco use, and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk to us at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim.
See Comfort Dental Centre Buderim. Come in for a checkup, and we will look at your teeth, plaque buildup, gums, bite, jawbone, and any other risk factors we find present. Identifying symptoms of gum disease early is the first step towards protecting your teeth and gums.
What about treatment?
If gingivitis is allowed to develop, it can become periodontitis. Periodontitis causes gums to pull away from teeth and pockets develop between teeth and gums, which allow a friendly haven for bacteria and the development of tartar. At this point, you need professional help from your friendly dentist at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim. Treatment involves appointments that allow us to remove tartar build-up and deeply clean between your gums and teeth while regularly monitoring the results.
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