Gingivitis is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque around the gumline. It is often painless, so the problem is easy to overlook. Advanced stages of gingivitis can cause periodontitis, a condition that is responsible for tooth loss in many adults.
If gingivitis is diagnosed early, a dentist can treat it, and prevent damage from wreaking havoc on your dental health.
Once a diagnosis of gingivitis is confirmed, your dental health professional will treat your Gingivitis with Gingivitis Therapy.
First, your dental hygienist will perform an initial cleaning of your teeth to remove plaque buildup and bacteria from around the gumline. You will also receive a prescription germicidal mouthwash to use at home for two to three weeks. The rinse will curtail bacteria in the mouth, and reduce the swelling and bleeding of the gums.
When your gums are in better condition, the dentist will schedule routine preventative care and cleaning appointments as a means of preventive care, or determine if more specific attention is required to prevent periodontal disease.
After undergoing professional gingivitis therapy, caring for your teeth at home is imperative to prevent the return of gum disease. Though home care is not difficult, it does require consistency to be effective.
At-home Gingivitis Care:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to strengthen teeth and prevent plaque buildup.
- Floss at least once a day to stimulate circulation in your gums, and to remove food and plaque from between your teeth.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria, and get in those hard to reach places.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
- If you wear a dental appliance, clean it thoroughly before using it.
Keeping your regularly scheduled dental visits is an important part of maintaining your dental health, especially after you have been treated for gum disease. These routine visits will keep plaque and bacteria at bay, and also help identify other dental health issues before they advance.
If you are worried about Gingivitis, or any other dental health or hygiene concern, get in touch with us here at Ustick Dental! We can help address and treat any concerns you may have to make sure your dental health and hygiene are the best they can be!