Control bacteria to prevent gingivitis

prevent gingivitisDental diseases can easily be prevented by proper oral hygiene, which is why taking care of your teeth is incredibly important. You can prevent gingivitis and gum disease with good self-care and regular dental check-ups.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and gums, can irritate gum tissue and result in gingivitis. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes can help prevent gingivitis. Flossing daily can also help.

Risk Factors for Gingivitis

There are several risk factors for this condition, including:

  • Poor fitting dental appliances
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Broken fillings
  • Pregnancy
  • Crooked teeth

If you have any of these symptoms or conditions, talk to your dentist about additional measures you can take to help prevent gum disease.

Symptoms

Some people have gingivitis with no symptoms, but many patients suffer from at least one of the following:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Partial dentures that no longer fit
  • Bad breath that does not go away after brushing
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Tender, red or swollen gums
  • Receding gums

Diagnosis

Your dentist can use several methods to diagnose gingivitis. During your exam, he will look for the early stages of tooth decay, plaque and tartar. He will also check for swollen, red or peeling gums and abscesses. In addition, he will note any movement or sensitivity in the teeth, as well as their alignment.

Treatment

Depending on the severity, treatment options could include a professional cleaning, antibiotic mouthwash, oral antibiotics or flap surgery.

If you think you’re suffering from gingivitis or you would like to schedule a routine cleaning, please contact us.