If you have seen a TV commercial for most types of mouth washes, then you have heard them mention that it fights Gingivitis. The trouble is that most people don’t even know what it is. So let’s talk about it for just a couple of minutes.
If your gums are irritated, red, sore and even bleed slightly when you brush, then you may have some form of periodontal disease.
There are basically two types. The first is gingivitis and the other is periodontitis. Gingivitis is basically the less severe of the two and is attributed to being mild to moderate gum disease.
Without proper care for gingivitis, it can advance quickly to full blown gum disease which has many health risk associated with it. There is much evidence and research to show that gum disease is associated with heart disease and stroke so you don’t want to ignore it.
What Causes Gingivitis
The cause of gingivitis is normally poor dental care. Plaque builds up over time causing an increase in bacteria in the mouth which leads to decay. When plaque hardens into tarter, it builds up around the gum line and causes gingivitis.
Poor dental care is not the only thing that can lead to gingivitis. Here are a few others:
- Injury to the gums from over brushing
- Tobacco use
- Hormonal changes during preganancy
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Poorly aligned teeth
- Poorly fitting braces, crowns or dentures
- Certain medications such as birth control pills
Diseases that weaken the immune system can also increase your chances of having gum disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis
- The gums bleed easily
- You develop mouth sores frequently
- Your gums become tender and painful to the touch
- You begin to notice swelling in the gums
- The gums look visibly irritated
- You have chronic and persistent bad breath
- It’s painful to chew your food
- You start having loose teeth and they are more sensitive than normal
If you have any of these symptoms or signs, you need to get to your dentist right away. Gum disease of any type is serious and needs to be treated.
You will need to have a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums along with some medication to offset the bacteria and inflammation.
From there, you need to make sure your at home oral hygiene protocol is in place by brushing and flossing twice a day.
If you gums are swollen, hurting, bleeding and inflamed, then call our office today for help.