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Gingivitis: Symptoms, treatment, prevention

What you need to know about gingivitis

Gingivitis is one of the most common gum diseases. It occurs when the accumulated plaque on your teeth hardens, causing the bacteria found in it to damage your gums. The most common causes of gingivitis are poor oral hygiene, irregular visits to your dentist and irregular teeth brushing. There are additional factors which could cause gingivitis, such as smoking, pregnancy, puberty, diabetes, abusing alcohol and other substances, and certain drugs. Here are the things you should know about gingivitis, the symptoms and how to treat it or prevent it.

Good dental care prevents gingivitis
It goes without saying, that good dental care will prevent many dental problems
from ever happening, including gingivitis and other gum problems.

Things to know about gingivitis

What most people don’t know is that they could be having gingivitis right now without even feeling it. The entire condition is mostly painless, and you could have it right now without being aware of it. The most common symptoms of gingivitis are swollen gums, puffy and soft gums, receding gums, occasional bleeding (especially when brushing your teeth), change in gum color and bad teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms on your gums or teeth, it is highly advised that you visit your dentist or orthodontist and ask for help. You will be given a proper treatment and medicine to help you ease the condition.

It can happen to anyone for several different reasons

Gingivitis is among the most common oral diseases. It can occur randomly, and happen to any person for several different reasons. If you have a poor oral hygiene or drink too much alcohol, or smoke a lot, or even abuse substances, you can get gingivitis. There are cases when pregnant women got gingivitis, or people with diabetes. Gingivitis is easily treated, especially when discovered on time and in the early stage. Be sure to report to your dentist as soon as you see or feel something fishy.

Keeping your teeth clean is the best prevention
Healthy gums and teeth are one of the essentials of good health

How to prevent gingivitis

Most people ask what they should do to prevent gingivitis from occurring. The first and the most important step is to visit your dentist every once in a while. Whether it’s a check-up or a root canal, you should pay them a visit. Also, you should consider professional teeth cleaning every few months or even years. There are some things which even the best of tooth brushes cannot remove, so you have to go visit a dentist and let him take care of it. Another step in gingivitis prevention is to brush your teeth minimum 2 times per day. For extra protection, brush them three or even four times a day. Remember to use mouthwash and specially designed toothpaste to increase the health of your teeth and gums, and improve your general mouth hygiene.

Treatment

Examine your teeth regularly
Regular visits to your dentist and proper examination will prevent in time many dental problems from occurring

When it comes to gingivitis treatment, there are several options which will be presented to you by your dentist. Most of the time, the antibiotics are included (doxycycline and minocycline), however, some milder cases may not require the usage of antibiotics, just proper teeth brushing and mouth rinsing.

However, if there is swelling, even the antibiotics may not help. In that case, you are in for a surgery and gum removal. This is all done to prevent tooth or teeth loss, so you should consider this option if it comes to that.

Gingivitis is something most people should be aware of. It can happen to anyone, and if it does, don’t panic. Simply visit your dentist as soon as you see one of the symptoms, and work on regenerating your gums through antibiotics. To prevent gingivitis from occurring, simply take good care of your oral hygiene.

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.

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