Have you been diagnosed with gingivitis? This earliest form of gum disease is extremely common, manifesting in symptoms of bleeding gums, dry mouth, persistent bad breath, and other problems. Gingivitis can be the sign of a more serious problem, and it can lead to the development of other health conditions. If your dentist tells you that you have gingivitis, it is important that you educate yourself about the condition and explore treatment options.
How Gingivitis Begins
Before you can worry about treating your gingivitis, it may be helpful to look at how it started in the first place. After all, how will you avoid it in the future if you don’t know how it began?
Gingivitis most commonly occurs with inadequate and irregular oral hygiene. If you have a tendency to skip on brushing, or if you don’t have the best flossing habits, bacteria in your mouth could be allowed to grow out of control. This bacterial growth can result in plaque buildup, causing the gums to become inflamed.
Other conditions can make you susceptible to gum disease. Hormonal changes, especially those that occur during menopause or pregnancy, can increase your risk of developing gum disease, as can certain illnesses that affect the immune system.
Not surprisingly, treating gingivitis starts in a familiar place – your dentist’s office. Your dentist or hygienist will work to remove the plaque and tartar that have been allowed to build up in your mouth. After that, you will need to take your treatment into your own hands by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. Use of antibacterial mouthwash can also help to decrease bacterial growth.
The good news is that gingivitis is reversible, but once it is gone you need to stay diligent. Falling into old habits will allow gingivitis to creep back into your mouth, so make sure your new oral health routine is a permanent fixture in your life.
Please contact us if you have any questions about treating gingivitis.