Gingivitis can sneak up on you if you aren’t paying attention, or you don’t know the telltale signs. If you want to keep your teeth in place and keep them healthy, take some time to learn the early signs of gingivitis and how to prevent it.
Just the Start of Your Problems
Gingivitis starts with a small amount of inflammation of your gums. It is a type of periodontal disease, but a mild case. Many people think, “if nothing hurts, there is no need to worry.” In this case, it is just the opposite because gingivitis is not painful, but will cause significant problems if left untreated.
Gingivitis starts with bacteria and plaque on the teeth, which is what causes the inflammation of the gums. This plaque accumulates naturally on the teeth, and if not removed through daily oral hygiene, can lead to progressively worsening dental issues.
Plaque turns into tartar, a hard protection for the bacteria, and is not easily brushed away. It can only be removed by East Village Dental Arts. If gingivitis is not treated, it turns into periodontal gum disease, or periodontitis.
In later stages of periodontal disease the gums will start to pull away or recede from the teeth. What follows next can include an infection that damages the bone supporting the teeth.
Eventually, gingivitis can lead to loose teeth and even tooth loss. Now that you know what can happen if you ignore this common condition, let’s identify some early signs of gingivitis.
How to Spot Gingivitis
The early signs of gingivitis are subtle, but you can spot them if you know what to look for.
Your gums will become red and puffy, and will typically bleed just a little bit when you brush your teeth or floss.
As gingivitis develops, the pockets between the tooth and gum line will house food and bacteria leading to bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth. Not a pretty picture.
If you begin to notice any of these early signs of gingivitis, take action immediately and see East Village Dental Arts.
The best way to prevent getting on the “gingivitis train” is to practice proper oral hygiene habits every single day. Although we are usually taught these simple tips for healthy teeth and gums at a very young age, many people can get lazy or neglectful over time.
You can prevent gingivitis by doing the following every day:
- Use a soft toothbrush and brush at least twice a day. Electric toothbrushes do a better job at removing plaque, but whatever type of brush you use, brush daily.
- Floss to remove debris between teeth.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day. Less bacteria means less plaque.
- Visit East Village Dental Arts for a thorough exam and cleaning every 6 months.
- Improve your diet including more calcium and vitamin B.
- Make an appointment with East Village Dental Arts if you notice any signs of gingivitis.