How To Treat Gingivitis In Adults

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Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth, which leads to inflammation. Unlike more progressive gum disease, gingivitis is treatable, so the earlier you treat it, the better! If you suspect you have gingivitis, this article will give you more information about the condition and how to treat it.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease which results in inflammation and irritation in the gums surrounding the base of your teeth. Gingivitis is the body’s natural inflammatory response to a build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Gingivitis is very common, with almost half of all adults over 30 experiencing some kind of gum disease.

What causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, but you may be at higher risk if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have a family history of gum disease
  • Have crooked teeth that are hard to clean
  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • Take medications that reduce the flow of salvia
  • Are pregnant or are experiencing hormonal changes

What are the First Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis?

In its early stages, gingivitis can be tricky to spot. You might notice your gums are more swollen or redder than usual, or they may bleed more when you brush or floss. Some other tell-tale signs include bad breath that persists even after brushing, sensitivity to hot or cold foods or tenderness and pain when you chew food.

Can You Treat Gingivitis?

Thankfully, yes! Gingivitis is reversible with early treatment. The bad news? If left unchecked, gingivitis can advance to advanced gum disease (periodontitis). This is a much more serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and decay. Detecting and treating gingivitis early is key to ensuring your teeth stay strong and healthy.

What is the Best Way to Treat Gingivitis?

To successfully treat gingivitis, you will need a combination of regular dental treatments and good oral hygiene at home. Here are some tips to ward off early gum disease:

  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned: Your dentist can perform a professional clean, known as scaling, to remove plaque and tartar build-up. Scaling is a standard procedure and is typically painless.
  • Practice good oral hygiene: Ensure that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay.
  • Make lifestyle changes: Avoid smoking, maintain a balanced diet and limit sugary food and drinks. All these contribute to a healthier oral environment and reduce the risk of gingivitis.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups: Regular visits to your dentist allow for early detection and treatment of gingivitis and can assist in preventing the advancement of gum disease.

Worried You Have Gingivitis? The Team at Tomaree Dentistry Can Help

When it comes to gingivitis, prevention is better than cure! But if you’ve spotted some of signs of gum disease, don’t fret. Our experienced team can give you personalised advice, treatment options and ongoing support to help you. Book your appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.

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