Is Gingivitis stealing your smile? Swollen, red, and unhealthy gums can cause bad breath and lead to many dental diseases if not appropriately taken care of. Good oral health gives you a bright, confident smile and depicts how healthy your oral health is. If you have swollen, inflamed gums, it can signify gingivitis.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a gum disease that affects your oral health condition. It is categorized under periodontal disease, where a microbial plaque, due to habitation of bacterial colonies, is formed as a layer on the tooth's surface. The bacterial habitation triggers an immune response, causing your gums and teeth to swell, eventually destroying your gums and tissue. If not taken care of, it can lead to various other complications like the formation of calculus or tartar near the base of the gums and loss of teeth. Following good oral hygiene is found to be effective in reversing gingivitis.
There are two main types of Gingivitis:
What are the common causes of Gingivitis?
The most common feature of gingivitis is the formation of dental plaques. The dental plaques can be formed due to:
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis:
Gingivitis in the initial stages may not have any symptoms. However, a person may experience the following signs and symptoms in the advanced stages.
Signs and symptoms:
Gingivitis Treatment at home
Gingivitis can be reversed through proper oral care. You can try a few home remedies to get rid of that plaque formed on the surface of your teeth. Some of which include
Some other preventive measures recommended by dentists that can prevent gingivitis include:
You must visit your dentist if the above-mentioned home remedies do not help you get rid of your gingivitis problem. Early treatment for gingivitis can prevent you from its adverse consequences. Your dentist may start the treatment by offering professional dental cleaning services which include teeth scaling and root planing. During the procedure, your dentist will remove all the traces of plaque and tartar, and bacterial deposition from the surface of your teeth. After which, your teeth and tooth surfaces are smoothened to inhibit any further buildup of tartar and bacteria. It also allows your gum to heal. The procedure is performed using advanced technologies like a laser or ultrasonic device.
If you have any misaligned teeth, poorly fitted crowns, or bridges, a dental restoration procedure may be carried out by your dentist. Once the treatment procedure is completed, Your dentist will help you plan an effective program for cleaning and regular professional check-ups. As long as you continue good oral hygiene at home, you will not experience gingivitis issues.
Gingivitis is a problem due to poor oral hygiene. If you continue good oral hygiene practices at home, you will not experience gingivitis issues. Prompt treatment is the key to treating gingivitis. Log into MyDentalPlan to get the best treatment plan for your gingivitis problem.
About the Author:
Suprithi Choudhary, M.Pharm (Pharmacology) Medical Content writer
Suprithi is a Pharma Professional working as a medical content writer and previously worked as a Research Scientist and Senior Research Analyst
Special thanks to Dr Deepak Kulkarni, a dental surgeon with over 23 years of experience who proofread this blog. He graduated from the H.K.E's Dental College, Gulbarga, and has certifications in ACHS International Accreditation Education Plan; Advanced Rotary Endodontic - Restorative Continuum; and Leadership, Team Building and Customer Service Leadership from the Oscar Murphy International.