Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic…
But hey, it got your attention, right?
So, gingivitis…a term we’re sure most of you have heard from time to time…
And to be clear, this isn’t the same thing Eric Cartman was referring to in that one episode of South Park.
In a nutshell, gingivitis is the swelling and inflammation of the gums. This is a HUGE problem, since your gums are the essential tissue that hold your teeth to the bone…and when your gum health begin to deteriorate, guess what? You risk losing teeth.
Gingivitis is the first stage of identifying a problem with your oral hygiene. It is particularly difficult to pinpoint however, since there is usually little to no pain to indicate the inflammation.
Instead, we urge you to check for other symptoms, including:
• Gum redness
• Bleeding while flossing or brushing
• Mouth sores
• Gum tenderness
• Gum recession/loose teeth
• Persistent bad breath
While gingivitis is actually more common you’d think (and easily treatable, which we’ll get into in a little bit), if left unchecked, it could lead to potentially disastrous results.
If untreated, the inflammation will inevitably lead to infection, which your gums react to by receding farther away from the tooth, allowing for more bacteria to spread into the pockets of your gum line. Once this happens, a process known as Periodontitis, the tissues and bone that support your teeth begin to break down.
This erosion of bone continues until your teeth fall out.
Yeah, not a pretty sight.
On the flip side, managing and preventing gingivitis is relatively simple.
Keep up with your daily, oral hygiene routine!
The best ways to prevent gingivitis from getting the better of you, include:
• Brushing thoroughly at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
• Using floss daily to remove the debris and bacteria between teeth
• Using an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day
• Avoid cigarettes or other tobacco products
• Be mindful of genetic susceptibility or family history of gum disease
• See your dentist every six months for check-ups – this is important because only dentists will be able to remove the root cause of gingivitis, plaque
So, like with most health complications, regular maintenance and care is the best prevention from gingivitis.
Be sure to stay proactive and keep your oral hygiene in check! We here at CuteSmile urge you not to forgo routine appointments with your friendly, neighborhood dentist even in the best of cases!