Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It is a milder form of gum disease that can lead to far more serious gum problems such as periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be reversed with stringent oral hygiene and perhaps some further treatment by a dentist. Left untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, with subsequent loss of teeth and bone. Long term Gingivitis and periodontal disease has also been linked to circulation problems and increased risk of strokes.
Signs of Gingivitis:
- Painful or tender gums
- Discoloured gums, purple or bright red.
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums, especially after brushing or flossing.
- Bad breath
Gingivitis issues stem from plaque build-up. Regular brushing and flossing prevents almost all gingivitis issues and subsequent problems. Powered toothbrushes seems to be more effective here than manual brushing. Additional use of mouthwashes can also be quite beneficial. Occasionally hydrogen peroxide is used, or mouthwashes with anti-inflammatory agents and essential minerals.
Gum problems such as gingivitis should be easy to prevent or treat. See your dentist at the first sign of tender gums. Prevention today means avoiding more serious problems tomorrow.
Dental Focus can provide appropriate treatment for gum problems at:
- Smithfield dentist
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- Burwood dentist