Gingivitis is a condition that involves the gum tissue of your mouth, and it can lead to losing teeth unless it is treated quickly. There are several signs that you are developing gum disease, including:
• Inflamed gum tissue
• Shiny gum tissue
• Foul taste inside your mouth
• Swollen gum tissue
• Chronic bad breath
• Gum tissue that bleeds easily
• Receding gum tissue
• Pain while drinking beverages or chewing food
If you visit a dentist every six months, then they will find gingivitis in the earliest stages. Treatment for gum disease includes having your teeth cleaned by a hygienist to remove hardened plaque and tarter that contain bacteria. In addition to removing the plaque that is between your teeth, a dentist may need to clean the exposed roots to prevent additional inflammation.
Debridement to Remove Hardened Plaque
For serious gingivitis, you may need a debridement or the removal of the diseased gum tissue from your mouth, and this is a surgical procedure that requires receiving anesthesia. During this procedure, a dentist can remove more bacteria from the pockets that surround your teeth. If you have tightly spaced or overlapping teeth, then these are areas where tartar is more likely to develop because a toothbrush or floss will not reach the spaces. Additional places in your mouth where plaque can form include near poorly fitted dental bridges or other dental restorations.
What Are the Risk Factors for Gingivitis?
When you perform daily oral care, you are less likely to develop gingivitis, but there are several risk factors for this condition that include:
• Diabetes mellitus
• Smoking cigarettes
• Certain types of medications
• Breathing through the mouth
• Poor dietary habits
How You Can Avoid Developing Gingivitis
It is important for you to use the right type of toothbrush to remove food debris from your mouth. Instead of using a toothbrush with hard bristles, you should buy a soft-bristled brush. To remove additional food particles, you must floss your teeth at least once a day, making sure to scrape away the plaque that forms between your teeth. If you have pockets around your teeth, then you can use a metal dental pick to remove any hardened tartar to help prevent gum tissue inflammation. A water irrigator is another way to remove bacteria from your mouth to prevent gingivitis or to soothe the inflammation if you have been diagnosed with the condition.
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