According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, a large majority of adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first sign of periodontal disease and the major reason adults lose their teeth. Gingivitis is simply inflammation of the gums. Healthy gums are usually a pale red color, but with gingivitis, it turns bluish red. During brushing, the tender gums have a propensity to bleed easily.
What Causes Gingivitis?
The direct cause of gingivitis is the buildup of a bacterial substance called plaque on parts of the teeth that are not easy to clean. Plaque frequently builds up between the teeth and along the edges of the gums. If it is not allowed to accumulate in one place, plaque is harmless, and is a normal substance inside the mouth. If allowed to accumulate in one place for long periods of time, the toxic products and enzymes that the bacteria produces irritates and inflames the surrounding tissues – in this case the gums. In addition, given time, the plaque can mineralize into tartar. Tartar is a hard white crust that causes further problems for your gums. Therefore, without proper dental treatment, and good oral hygiene, this duo of plaque and tartar, could deliver a knockout punch to your teeth. When this phenomenon occurs, it leads to advanced periodontitis, and eventually the loss of your teeth.
A major contribution to gingivitis and the loss of teeth is a result of inadequate dental hygiene. However, there are other factors to take note of; including stress, vitamin deficiency, oral contraceptives and other drugs, smoking, thyroid disease, diabetes, and habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth. Hormonal changes may also play a role. Gum inflammation; although temporary, also occur during puberty and pregnancy. Lastly, diet also plays a role. People who eat simple diets, which include natural, unprocessed foods, have no gum issues. Nevertheless, people who eat plenty of sugar and refined foods are normally the ones who develop gum problems.
Ways To Prevent Gingivitis And Periodontitis:
Eat a natural-food diet. In addition, rinse your mouth with water after every meal.
Flossing and brushing regularly is a great way to keep your gums and teeth healthy. While brushing, take the time to clean along and under the gum line.
Try finding natural toothpaste that contains natural ingredients like charcoal, baking soda, anise, myrrh, and goldenseal. Many people use oral-irrigation devices, which are good to remove food encased between the teeth. However, take notice that it does not remove plaque.
For a few minutes a day, scrape along the gum line and between the teeth with a toothpick. This action is very effective against plaque and it fortifies the gums, which prevents further infections by helping the gums to form a barrier against plaque.
Treating Gingivitis – How to Cure Gingivitis
Here are some things you can do if you already have gingivitis:
Brush, brush and brush again. Getting rid of gingivitis naturally will not happen if you do not brush and floss regularly and correctly. It is recommended that for at least three times a week, you take five to ten minutes to dedicate yourself to good oral hygiene.
The neglected area when we brush our teeth is where plaque starts. Brush at the gum line. Position your toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle to your teeth. This ensures that your brush cleans both your gums and your teeth.
Bleeding is a common symptom of gingivitis. To help control the bleeding, take vitamin C. However, vitamin C will not cure gingivitis. This information is based on a study done by the Western Nutrition Research Center in San Francisco.
Using Listerine is also beneficial in the treatment and prevention of gingivitis. In a study done by the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Listerine inhibited the development of plaque and reduced gingivitis.
Try using a three percent solution of hydrogen peroxide, mixing it half-and-half with water, and swishing it around your mouth for thirty seconds then spitting out. This will help to limit bacteria build up.
As mentioned earlier, eating a healthy natural diet is also very important in curing gingivitis. Eat a raw vegetable every day. Hard and fibrous foods clean and stimulate teeth and gums.
A baking soda and water solution is also beneficial. Mix plain baking soda with a little water, and apply it along the gum line with your finger. Then brush. Doing this polishes, neutralizes acidic bacterial wastes, and deodorizes, all in one-step.
Using an aloe gel to brush your teeth will reduce some plaque. Aloe is also a virulent healing agent.
Quit smoking and drinking.
Although doing these simple things could cure, reverse, and treat your gingivitis, it is still necessary to see a dentist.
Some people may already have periodontal disease, and may need medical attention. There are certain signs you do not want ignore. These signs include:
Bad breath that does not go away within twenty-four hours
Teeth seems to be getting longer – which is a sign that your gums are receding
Your mouth does not align right when you shut it
Your partial dentures fit differently
Pockets of pus begin to form between your teeth and gums
Your teeth begin to loosen and fall out.
In addition, if you follow all the steps above and put forth a really diligent effort at practicing good oral hygiene, but your gums still bleed and become sore, see your dentist.