Every time you eat a meal and skip brushing, you leave tiny bacteria gnawing away at your teeth and gums. This is why our dentists suggest brushing three times a day. When this bacteria is left on your teeth, it forms a sticky film called plaque. And while multiple dental hygiene products claim to be the best at preventing tough plaque buildup that causes gingivitis, the real solution may be simpler than you think.
How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?
One of the leading causes of gingivitis is prolonged exposure to tartar and plaque. Most of this can be prevented simply by brushing after meals and flossing regularly. Brushing breaks up the bacteria, whisking it away from your teeth and gums, thereby protecting them from gingivitis. Flossing is also important, as a toothbrush may miss tight spaces between your teeth. Even if you can’t brush after each meal, swishing your mouth out with a bit of water can serve as a quick-fix until you get home.
What Happens if Gingivitis is Left Untreated?
Recognizable by red, swollen, and sensitive gums, gingivitis is usually treatable. When visiting your dentist for a teeth cleaning we can advise you on the best hygiene plan to care for your gums. Often brushing with toothpaste developed for sensitive teeth, flossing regularly, and using special mouthwashes can help treat uncomfortable gingivitis.
Failing to treat gingivitis, however, can lead to periodontitis.
Symptoms of Periodontitis
If bacteria are left alone, they will continue to damage your teeth and gums. Our immune system will naturally begin to fight off bacteria colonies, breaking down your bone and connective tissues in your mouth during the process. This can cause several painful symptoms, including:
- Receding gumline
- Pockets behind your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Infected abscesses
Some studies link gingivitis and periodontitis to stroke and heart disease. Always visit your dentist if you experience inflammation, bleeding gums, or any other symptoms of gum disease.
Prevent Gingivitis at Beavers Caring Family Dentistry
Preventing gum disease and gingivitis starts with a proper oral care. By visiting Beavers Caring Family Dentistry in Cary for your regular teeth cleanings, you’re ensuring your mouth and smile is healthy and clean. Schedule a dental appointment today by calling 919-467-0654 or filling out this form.