Gingivitis can happen to anyone. But if left untreated, it can turn into Periodontal disease (gum disease). It affects the parts of your gums around your teeth by plaque, which is that sticky film that gets on your teeth and gums. Plaque releases toxins that irritate your gums and causes gingivitis (only a mild form of periodontal disease). Gingivitis begins with redness, swelling, irritation, and even bleeding. It can lead to more serious gum disease, because the gums will start to pull away from the tooth, leaving little pockets that collect bacteria. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, you can prevent gingivitis with good oral hygiene.
How to Treat Gingivitis
The easiest and most effective way to ward off gum disease is to brush and floss twice daily. Try to brush for two minutes and make sure to clean the outside, inside, and chewing surface of each tooth. Electric toothbrushes are great for this! You should also hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush in circular motions around your gums. Be gentle, though; scrubbing too hard only does more damage. You can also get antibacterial toothpaste to fight a better fight.
When flossing, use a long-enough piece of floss that you can use a fresh part of the floss for between each pair of teeth. Try to move the floss in a small C-shape around the gums to get all the plaque. Antibacterial mouthwash is great way to finish off the oral hygiene routine.
Most importantly, get your teeth cleaned by our experienced hygienists. We can remove more plaque with our tools and can recognize the early stages of gingivitis.
If your gingivitis persists, be sure to contact us at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale. Our periodontists are some of the best in Westchester and experts at treating gingivitis. We specialize in periodontics (gum disease treatment) and look forward to helping you and your family have healthy beautiful smiles.