When gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, creating small pockets. Bacteria can then become trapped in these pockets, weakening the bone supporting the teeth. Make sure to see your dental professional immediately if you notice any of these signs and symptoms to receive a proper assessment.
Gingivitis is commonly caused by the build-up of plaque. Plaque is an extremely sticky, colorless to pale yellow deposit of bacteria that regularly forms on your teeth.
The bacteria produce acids that attack your tooth enamel and can damage the gums. This damage has the possibility of becoming permanent if left untreated.
Other causes of gingivitis include hormonal changes, illnesses, smoking, taking certain medications, bad brushing habits, and genetics.
After proper diagnosis of gingivitis, it is important to start treating it immediately. Gingivitis is reversible, so visit your dental professional at the first signs of symptoms for a proper evaluation to decide the best course of treatment.
Here are some other tips for how to help treat and prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
1. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush.
2. Be sure to use an anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque toothpaste containing fluoride to strengthen teeth and prevent the damage that bacteria in plaque causes.
3. After brushing, rinse thoroughly with an anti-bacterial rinse to help fight plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath.
4. Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque between teeth.
5. Please note that your gums may continue to bleed for a period of time; however, it is important to keep brushing and flossing. Removing plaque is essential to improving gum health.
When it comes to gingivitis, a healthier mouth starts with good brushing habits. Rely on Oral-B for the very best in oral care solutions.