Have you recently noticed the signs of gingivitis? Then you might wonder if there’s anything you can do at home to treat it, or if a dentist appointment is in order.
Check out this short blog post from 320 Dental Studio to learn everything you need to know about the topic.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. The most common cause of this condition is improper oral hygiene.
The mouth is full of harmful bacteria that accumulate on the surface of the teeth and create plaque. This is a thin layer that covers your teeth and can even make them look yellow. You may also feel it if you run your finger or tongue on the surface of your teeth.
Plaque is removed every day through brushing and flossing. But if you don’t do it, it eventually hardens and turns into tartar, usually at the base of the gums. This way, the bacteria-filled tartar begins to attack the gums, eventually causing gingivitis.
Will Gingivitis Go Away on Its Own?
No, gingivitis needs to be treated, otherwise, the condition can get worse over time and turn into gum disease, a severe oral health issue that can even cause the natural teeth to loosen and fall out.
But gingivitis can be successfully treated, since at this stage patients most likely haven’t experienced any permanent damage yet.
What Are the Signs of Gingivitis?
Typical signs of gingivitis can include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding when flossing
- Gum sensitivity
- Signs of gum retraction
- Signs of tartar buildup
How Is Gingivitis Treated?
Most cases of gingivitis can be treated by removing the bacteria-filled tartar from the teeth. Unfortunately, this can only be done at the dentist’s office through a professional dental cleaning.
It’s almost impossible to remove tartar at home with your regular toothbrush and toothpaste. Professional cleanings use special tools that weaken the tartar and allow the dentist to fully remove it from the surface of your teeth.
In some cases, advanced gingivitis may also need additional treatment like antibiotic gel to help the gums heal. This is especially true if you’re already experiencing some of the more severe signs of the condition or gum disease, like gum retraction or loose teeth.
How Can You Prevent Gingivitis?
Daily brushing and flossing offer you the best defense against gingivitis, cavities, and other oral health issues. You must keep your teeth as clean as possible to ensure your smile remains healthy.
For additional protection, you should also see the dentist routinely for a professional dental cleaning. Most recommend getting these preventative treatments once every six months.
Restore Your Gum Health Today
Noticed the signs of gingivitis? Dr. Joseph Haack can help!
Request an appointment at 320 Dental Studio online, or call our office at (320) 763-7484 today to learn more about our periodontal care services.