First of all – what is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, caused by plaque – a soft film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. If you don’t make sure that plaque is regularly removed by brushing and flossing, the toxins it creates can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. If treated early on gingivitis can be reversed. If not – it can turn into periodontitis, which causes permanent damage to your teeth and jaw. Scary right? Keep reading if you’d like to find out how to prevent gingivitis because we got you.
So you might be wondering – how do I know if I have gingivitis?
Well, it’s going to be very easy to tell. If you have red, swollen gums that might bleed when you brush, then that’s a clear indication that you do have it. If you notice that your gums are receding and your teeth seem longer – that’s another sign you shouldn’t ignore. This gum disease can cause pockets to form between gums and teeth, which is a perfect little nook for plaque and food debris. This further causes bad breath and taste in one’s mouth.
How can you prevent gingivitis?
- Maintain a good oral hygiene and make sure you get professional cleanings. Over time plaque hardens and becomes tartar and only your dentist can remove it;
- Brush and floss regularly;
- Proper nutrition is the key in supporting your jawbone and teeth;
- Avoid smoking;
- And visit your dentist regularly.
And there you have it! If you think that you might have gingivitis, know that it’s not too late to do something about it. You can still prevent it from turning into periodontitis. Prevention is everything, so the best thing you can do is to make sure you pay attention to your oral health. By doing so you can even prevent gingivitis from happening in the first place.