Gingivitis – What you need to know about it
Gingivitis is an oral problem many people face today. In the paragraphs below, we’ll take a look at what it is, causes, symptoms, and how to cure gingivitis. With this knowledge you will know exactly what to do if you are diagnosed with it and how to prevent this condition from developing.
What is Gingivitis?
It is the most common type of gum disease. Although it isn’t too harmful at first, it can lead to much larger problems such as loss of teeth or bleeding gums. Unfortunately, gingivitis isn’t always detectable, though there is usually a sign of swelling or inflammation. An unnoticeable, small case of gingivitis can become a major concern if left untreated for some time, so it is best to schedule a cleaning and check-up at Smile Concepts every six months to prevent it and any other disease.
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1. Normal, Healthy Gingiva(Gums)
Healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place.
Plaque and its byproducts irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.
Unremoved , plaque hardens into calculus(tartar). As plaque and calculus continue to build up, the gums begin to recede(pull away)from the teeth, and pockets form between the teeth and gums.
4. Advanced Periodontitis
The gums recede farther, destroying more bone and the periodontal ligament. Teeth-even healthy teeth-may become loose and need to be extracted.
How is Gingivitis Caused?
There are a number of factors that can cause gingivitis to develop. Improper oral hygiene is the number one cause here, so make sure to brush and floss twice a day. If you skip a day or two, the plaque will accumulate thus causing hard build-ups to form known at tartar or calculus. When this occurs there is no doubt that you will soon have gingivitis.
Do I Have Gingivitis?
As said, gingivitis can attack at any time without you ever noticing. Although it can sneak in unsuspectingly, there are several sure signs of the symptoms commonly associated with it. The symptoms include bad breath, sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, receding gums, swollen gums, sore gums, loose teeth, and inflammation. If you have any of these then you’ll want to head to this dentist as soon as possible.
Treatment for Gingivitis
The best cure for gingivitis is to prevent it, so if you take proper care of your teeth then odds are that you won’t ever have to worry about it. For those that suspect they may have it, please send us an email or give us a call so that we can treat your gingivitis in Sydney. We will create a gingivitis treatment plan that will include several factors such as a special prescription mouthwash, detailed cleaning, a brushing and flossing plan to be strictly followed, and we’ll show you the proper teeth cleaning techniques you can do at home. Schedule an appointment today to get started on a treatment plan for gingivitis.
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