Last month we learned that Flossing was more than just a dance. This month we are going to learn about Gingivitis. So what is Gingivitis? When plaque, which contains bacteria, builds up on teeth it creates an inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. This gum disease is know as Gingivitis.
Left unchecked, gingivitis can develop into a more severe form of gum disease, known as Periodontitis, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, 75% of Americans will experience gum disease at some point in their life. It is also the number one cause of bleeding gums in adults.
According to crest.com here are some steps to help prevent, if you don’t already have gingivitis, or to treat it if you do:
- Use an anti-gingivitis toothpaste.
- Use an anti-gingivitis mouthwash.
- Brush your teeth and gums for at least 2 minutes, at least 2 times a day.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months: Worn-out bristles remove less plaque.
- If you have sore gums after flossing or brushing, or notice bleeding, don’t stop brushing or flossing. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles so you don’t hurt your gums. If you notice bleeding regularly, see your dentist.
- Check your gums in the mirror often for changes in color or texture. If their appearance changes, see your dentist and hygienist.
- Cut back on foods that are high in sugar. Sugar promotes the growth of gingivitis-causing plaque.
If you feel that you may have gingivitis or even periodontitis, please call call our office at Brogdon Dental as soon as possible so we can begin the process of reversing the problem and restoring healthy gums again.