Untreated gum disease is one of the world’s most common health problems, harming the oral and overall health of people from Australia to Zimbabwe.
In the last few years, an increasing amount of research has discovered statistical links between gum disease and a variety of chronic health problems that include diabetes, stroke, arthritis, dementia, cancer, and heart disease.
While researchers have not yet pinned down a directly causative relationship between gum disease and these kinds of diseases, the studies show that oral health is more than just an issue of how healthy our teeth and gums are.
The good news is that, you can avoid the development of early gum disease – often called gingivitis – by daily brushing and flossing, and by scheduling regular visits to see Captivate Dental.
So that you have the tools to lower your risk of gum disease, it’s important to know what causes gingivitis and how to prevent the disease’s development. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about gingivitis – it’s symptoms, risk factors, how to avoid it, and treatment.
8 Gingivitis Symptoms And Signs
Here are 8 gingivitis symptoms to watch out for:
- Red or purple gums.
- Puffy gums.
- Bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss.
- Receding gums.
- Sore gums that won’t go away.
- Tooth pain or sensitivity. As gums pull away from teeth, teeth become exposed and more sensitive to hot and cold foods or beverages.
- Bad breath that becomes persistent. Plaque is full of bacteria that produce nasty smelling waste products.
- Loose teeth or changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite down. In fact, if your teeth are at this point, it is likely that you have gone past gingivitis to the much more destructive periodontitis.
What factors can increase my risk for gingivitis?
- Poor Nutrition
- Substance Abuse
- Gender- woman are more likely to suffer from gingivitis due to their hormonal changes
- Certain medications
- Brush thoroughly and regularly.Gingivitis starts with bacteria on your teeth from food residue. If untreated, gingivitis later leads to more serious gum problems, including periodontitis. In fact, left completely untreated, gingivitis can eventually lead to overall health issues. The most effective way to fight gingivitis is to practice a consistent brushing routine. Brush twice a day and after each meal if possible.
- Be sure to floss.Flossing is a key component of any dental healthcare regimen. Yet, flossing is also one of the most frequently skipped steps. If you’re not flossing food particles out from between your teeth, you’re probably not getting all the bacteria out of your mouth. Floss at least once a day, before going to sleep. Try keeping your floss right next to your toothbrush as a regular reminder of this important habit.
- Quit smoking and avoid substance abuse.People who use tobacco products (of any kind) are more prone to getting gum disease — in fact, they’re twice as likely to contract the illness as nonsmokers. It is also more difficult to treat gum disease in smokers due to their weakened immune system. Overuse of alcohol can have the same effect, and recreational drugs such as methamphetamines can also damage the gums.
- Take vitamins.Those with higher levels of vitamin D are 20 per cent less likely to suffer from gingivitis. Vitamin C can help with bleeding gums. Calcium strengthens your jawbone. In general, vitamins and a good diet can help maintain your oral health.
- Visit Captivate Dental twice a year. Captivate Dental will check for early signs of gum disease and offer appropriate preventative measures. We may evaluate the colour and firmness of your gums and measuring the space between your teeth and gums.
Professional Dental Care
At Captivate Dental we can help you with scaling, in which plaque and tartar are removed.
This is known as scaling. Scaling can be uncomfortable, especially if there is substantial tartar build-up, which is why it is better to fight gingivitis at home!
We will also give you a set of oral hygiene instructions and an update on how to brush and floss properly.
We may recommend follow-up appointments and schedule more regular cleanings if necessary. If any teeth are damaged or crooked, we can treat them, to remove the environment that bacteria and tartar like to live in.
We will also take a look at your dental appliances, as poorly fitted bridges or crowns can make it more difficult to remove plaque and tartar.
The Captivate Dental Advantage
When it comes to providing you and your family with quality dental care in a friendly and warm environment, Captivate Dental can’t be beat.
From routine dental procedures like checkups to complicated dental needs like implants and root canals, the Captivate Dental team has you covered!