Gingivitis

  • By Patrick Hunter
  • 31 Oct, 2017

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, usually caused by a bacterial infection. If left untreated, it can become a more serious infection known as periodontitis. Gingivitis and periodontitis are major causes of tooth loss in adults, according to the American Dental Association . Dental infections can add up, with both your health and your wallet at stake. Americans spent an estimated $111 billion on dental services.

Plaque is a thin film of bacteria. It constantly forms on the surface of your teeth. As plaque advances, it hardens and becomes tartar. You can develop an infection when plaque extends below the gum line.

Left unchecked, gingivitis can cause the gums to separate from the teeth. This can cause injury to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. The tooth may become loose and unstable. If infection progresses, you may ultimately lose your tooth or need a dentist to remove it.

Risk factors for gingivitis

  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • diabetes
  • consuming certain medications (oral contraceptives, steroids, anticonvulsants, calcium channel blockers, and chemotherapy)
  • crooked teeth
  • dental appliances that fit poorly
  • broken fillings
  • pregnancy
  • genetic factors
  • compromised immunity (such as HIV/AIDS patients)

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?  

  • gums that are red, tender, or swollen
  • gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • loose teeth
  • a change in how your teeth fit together when you bite (malocclusion)
  • pus between teeth and gums
  • pain when chewing
  • sensitive teeth
  • partial dentures that no longer fit
  • foul-smelling breath that does not go away after you brush your teeth

How is gingivitis treated?
 

You must practice proper oral hygiene to treat gingivitis. You should also cut back on any smoking and control your diabetes. Other treatments include deep cleaning your teeth, antibiotic medications, and surgery.

Cleaning Teeth

There are several techniques that can be used to deep clean your teeth without surgery. They all remove plaque and tarter to prevent gum irritation.

  • Scaling removes tartar from above and below the gum line.
  • Root planing smoothes rough spots and removes infected tooth parts.
  • Lasers may remove tartar with less pain and bleeding than scaling and root planing.

MouthWash

  • Tooth and Gums Toniccontaining herbs and essential oils that can be used to disinfect the mouth.


By Patrick Hunter 31 Oct, 2017

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, usually caused by a bacterial infection. If left untreated, it can become a more serious infection known as periodontitis. Gingivitis and periodontitis are major causes of tooth loss in adults, according to the American Dental Association . Dental infections can add up, with both your health and your wallet at stake. Americans spent an estimated $111 billion on dental services.

Plaque is a thin film of bacteria. It constantly forms on the surface of your teeth. As plaque advances, it hardens and becomes tartar. You can develop an infection when plaque extends below the gum line.

Left unchecked, gingivitis can cause the gums to separate from the teeth. This can cause injury to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. The tooth may become loose and unstable. If infection progresses, you may ultimately lose your tooth or need a dentist to remove it.

Risk factors for gingivitis

  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • diabetes
  • consuming certain medications (oral contraceptives, steroids, anticonvulsants, calcium channel blockers, and chemotherapy)
  • crooked teeth
  • dental appliances that fit poorly
  • broken fillings
  • pregnancy
  • genetic factors
  • compromised immunity (such as HIV/AIDS patients)

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?  

  • gums that are red, tender, or swollen
  • gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • loose teeth
  • a change in how your teeth fit together when you bite (malocclusion)
  • pus between teeth and gums
  • pain when chewing
  • sensitive teeth
  • partial dentures that no longer fit
  • foul-smelling breath that does not go away after you brush your teeth

How is gingivitis treated?
 

You must practice proper oral hygiene to treat gingivitis. You should also cut back on any smoking and control your diabetes. Other treatments include deep cleaning your teeth, antibiotic medications, and surgery.

Cleaning Teeth

There are several techniques that can be used to deep clean your teeth without surgery. They all remove plaque and tarter to prevent gum irritation.

  • Scaling removes tartar from above and below the gum line.
  • Root planing smoothes rough spots and removes infected tooth parts.
  • Lasers may remove tartar with less pain and bleeding than scaling and root planing.

MouthWash

  • Tooth and Gums Toniccontaining herbs and essential oils that can be used to disinfect the mouth.


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