Recognizing Gingivitis

Here are some things to help you determine if you have gingivitis.

Although oral health can be tedious at times, it is a necessary part of life. Unfortunately, the gum disease gingivitis is everywhere, striking people of all ages, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and lifestyles. Statistically speaking, at some point in your life it is highly likely that you will get it, too.

Regardless of the frequency with which gingivitis hits, many individuals don’t even know they have it. But there are some clear signs and symptoms to watch for to effectively rid yourself of this form of periodontal (gum) disease.

Halitosis, or bad breath, is maybe the most feared thing people have that could be an indication of gingivitis. It can be rather humiliating. Extra bacterial growth in the oral cavity is the main cause of halitosis. Not just causing a foul odor to emit from your mouth, this bacteria is also hard at work attacking your teeth and gingiva (gums).

People with gingivitis can actually even experience the bleeding of gingiva. Daily flossing and brushing, even gently, can cause the gums to bleed if this gum disease is present. Even with this occurence of your gingiva bleeding, you may not experience much pain or discomfort if your gingivitis has not progressed to a moderate or severe level. Soon, though, if left untreated, this gum disease will get progressively worse, and you will begin to notice irritation and inflammation of the gums. The longer it goes untreated, the worse it is going to become.

Not only will your gum disease worsen, if left alone it will open the door to a whole list of other oral heath concerns even worse than this one. Sadly, many people who do not maintain adequate oral heath by brushing and flossing are the ones who wind up with various stages of gum disease, gum-line recession, bone depletion, and even have teeth fall out. It is imperative that, at the very first sign of gum disease, you begin treating it immediately.

The number one method for early treatment of gingivitis is to eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) the main reason it is there in the first place – by killing bacteria. Routine, consistent upkeep everyday is the smartest thing you can do. Brushing your teeth gently but thoroughly at least twice daily is crucial, along with flossing between teeth at least once daily. Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist is also imperative. Dental cleaning should generally be done about every six months, unless more are needed to treat an advanced case of gingivitis or other serious dental conditions.

If your gum disease has already reached a severe stage, your dentist may need to give you a deeper periodontal cleaning. This is a very extensive cleaning process that involves thorough cleansing of the teeth, and may include injecting antibiotics far into the gaps in your gum-line. Stopping the spread of greater infection by killing deep-rooted bacteria is the ultimate purpose of these injections.

Healing gingivitis naturally is also a realistic and reliable option, when detected early enough. Many natural mints are common ingredients in some organic gingivitis treatments. You can generally alleviate your gingivitis entirely with these natural products without experiencing harsh reactions.