How to cure cure gingivitis
What is gingivitis?
Most of us have suffered from at least a mild form of gingivitis at some point during our life, since the condition is extremely common. Gingivitis is a term given to the inflammation of the gingival gums which usually occurs from direct cuts (from brushing your teeth too hard, scratching your gums in harder food and so forth) or from a build up of tartar, food bits and plaque around your teeth.
Gingivitis has several degrees of severity so symptoms will vary in intensity with each case. The swelling and inflammation of the gums can be mild or extremely painful, depending on the area affected by gingivitis as well as on whether or not measures were taken to prevent it from spreading.
Common symptoms - The most common gingivitis symptoms include swollen, bright red or purple gums, mouth soreness, itching around the gums or gums that bleed easily at the slightest touch (even if you push them with your finger, not to mention while brushing). A receding gumline is also a clear sign of gingivitis.
If the inflammation is mild, gingivitis symptoms will not be extremely unpleasant but as soon as they are noticed you should start treating them right away. The reason for this is that the inflammation can easily aggravate and cause more serious damage such as periodontitis (the loss of bone around the teeth).
In addition, if the gums are being cut while brushing your teeth for example, the bacteria can reach the main bloodstream causing easier inflammations in the entire body as well as other long term problems.
- Oral hygiene - Treating gingivitis involves two steps. The first one is to visit a dentist who will perform a complete oral cleaning of the teeth and gums. This does not necessarily treat gingivitis per say, but it's more of a prevention method for the inflammation to spread or for the gingivitis to become more acute.
- Continuous care - For the second phase of the gingivitis treatment you will be required to follow a persistent brushing and oral hygiene program which is set by the dentist. This oral hygiene program usually involves constant brushing with an anti gingivitis toothpaste as well as thorough anti-bacterial rinses and mouthwash.
It's relatively easy to get rid of gingivitis if you follow such a program closely, but take into consideration that you should visit a dentist at least twice per year in order to check the state of your gums and teeth.
Gingivitis has a high recurrence rate, so make sure you don't stop taking care of your mouth cavity after the gingivitis cure prescribed to you has been completed. Daily brushing, flossing and using anti-bacterial mouthwash as well as appointing professional oral hygiene sessions at your dentist a few times per year are crucial measures in the prevention of recurring gingivitis.