If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis, you may be wondering how to get rid of it for good. Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that can lead to more serious dental problems if left untreated. Here is what you should know about treating gingivitis.
What Is Gingivitis and Its Causes
Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects the gums and bones that support the teeth. This condition is characterized by swollen, red, and/or bleeding gums. It is usually caused by plaque, a sticky layer resulting from saliva, food debris, and bacteria. Plaque forms on the teeth at the gum line. If plaque remains and is not removed through daily brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar or calculus. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque and can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Tartar irritates the gums and causes them to become inflamed. The inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease and can usually be reversed with good oral hygiene habits and professional dental cleanings. Gingivitis can proceed to periodontitis, a more severe type of periodontal disease that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
How To Treat Gingivitis?
The first step in gingivitis treatment is to improve your oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day and floss daily. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you should also have a professional dental cleaning every six months. Professional cleaning by dentists will remove tartar and plaque built up on your teeth, even places that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Your dentist or hygienist will also give your teeth a polished finish that will make them smoother and less likely to accumulate plaque.
Talk to our dentists at the dental clinic if you have any questions or concerns about gingivitis. We would be happy to help you achieve and maintain good oral health!