What is Gingivitis?

what is gingivitis

January 19, 2024

Alright, let’s talk about gingivitis. It’s a gum problem a lot of people get. Your gums get all red, swollen, and sometimes they bleed when you brush your teeth. It’s not super serious at first, but you definitely shouldn’t ignore it. If you don’t take care of it, it can turn into something worse called periodontitis. Nobody wants periodontitis, because it usually means your teeth are going to start falling out.

Can you get rid of gingivitis?

You’re probably wondering, “Can I get rid of gingivitis?” Absolutely! With the right steps, you can totally turn things around. It’s all about keeping your teeth clean and visiting your dentist.

Easy steps to beat gingivitis

  1. Brush and floss like a boss: Brushing twice a day and flossing are like your secret weapons against gingivitis.
  2. Come in for regular check-ups: Seeing your dentist regularly is super important, because we can clean your teeth in ways you can’t at home.
  3. Make healthier choices: Smoking? Not cool for your gums. Eating healthy? Super cool. It’s not easy changing our habits, but find a place to start, because it’s also not easy losing our teeth.
  4. Use mouthwash: Some mouthwashes can help kill bacteria and maintain healthy gum hygiene, so rinse once before heading to bed for the extra layer of security.

Do I need a Dentist to prevent gingivitis?

No, you don’t need a Dentist to prevent gingivitis. A lot of the prevention can happen at home. Although, your dentist is like a gum detective, so you should still make your regular visits. Dentists and hygienists can spot gingivitis and clean your teeth in ways you just can’t do at your bathroom sink. They can also help get rid of all the nasty stuff (like tartar) that regular brushing and flossing just can’t get. 

What causes gingivitis?

Preventing gingivitis is way easier than fixing it. Brushing, flossing, and eating right are your best moves. And seriously, if you smoke, think about quitting. It’s no good for your gums. Gingivitis is mostly caused by plaque. That’s the sticky stuff that builds up on your teeth from food and bacteria. If you don’t brush it away, it turns into tartar, and that’s when your gums start getting angry. 

What are symptoms of gingivitis?

Keep an eye out for stuff like:

  • Gums that get mad (red and swollen) easily
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath that won’t quit
  • Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
  • Teeth feeling more sensitive

If you notice these, don’t wait. Talk to your dentist. If you ignore gingivitis, it can get really serious and turn into periodontitis. That’s when your teeth can start getting loose and might even fall out. So, catching gingivitis early is super important.

Home care tips for gingivitis

While you should definitely see your dentist, here are some easy home tips:

  • Rinse with salt water to calm your gums down.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and change it every few months.
  • Stay away from stuff that can irritate your gums, like harsh mouthwash or tobacco.
So, yeah, you can totally beat gingivitis with some care and effort. Brush, floss, eat right, and see your dentist. Catching it early and sticking to good habits is the way to go. Keep your gums happy, and they’ll keep you smiling!

Cherry Hill Dentistry, located in Lincoln, NE, provides exceptional general dental and specialty services for our community.

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