If you notice that you have swollen, red, or bleeding gums, you might be among the many Australians who suffer from gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
And while some people think that slight bleeding of the gums is normal, particularly during vigorous brushing, blood is actually the first sign of gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an infection of the gums, most often caused by poor oral hygiene. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the stage at which gum disease is most reversible.
However, failing to recognise the symptoms of gingivitis and not immediately dealing with it, allows it to progress, with potentially dangerous consequences. At True Dental Care Preston, we want to help you prevent and treat gingivitis before it can progress to periodontitis, which is an even more severe threat to your health.
8 Signs And Symptoms Of Gingivitis
Gingivitis often undetected as it can be painless and even without symptoms. However, things to look for include:
- Chronic bad breath or ongoing bad taste in your mouth
- Swollen, red, purple, or sensitive gums
- Gums that bleed during or after brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Changes in how your teeth meet
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the fit or feel of partial dentures
- Pus in and around the teeth and gums
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Factors increasing the likelihood of gingivitis
- Smoking and Tobacco Use. Tobacco use increases your risk of getting gingivitis. Tobacco, in all its forms, is very unhealthy for your gums and your teeth in general.
- Just as with other physical attributes, genetics can have substantial impact on your dental health. If gingivitis runs in your family, it is wise to get a check-up regularly.
- Grinding Your Teeth. Whether it’s during the day or during sleep, teeth clenching can have a damaging effect on your gums and your teeth.
- When you are stressed out, it’s more difficult for your body to fight off infections.
- Oral Medications. Certain medicines can affect your oral health. Check with your pharmacist to be sure your medication doesn’t increase your risk of gingivitis.
- Simply put, the older you are, the more likely it is that you will suffer from gingivitis.
- Brush completely and regularly.Gingivitis begins with bacteria on your teeth from food residue. If gingivitis is not treated it can lead to more serious dental problems, including periodontitis and even tooth loss. Left completely untreated, gingivitis can eventually lead to general health issues. The best way to battle gingivitis is to practice a good brushing routine. Brush twice a day, for at least two minutes each time, and after each meal if possible.
- Be sure to floss.Flossing is a critical part of any dental healthcare habits. Yet for many of our patients, flossing is also one of the most frequently skipped oral hygiene steps. If you’re not flossing, food particles are remaining between your teeth where they serve as a delicious meal for your oral bacteria. Floss at least once daily, ideally before going to sleep. Keep your floss right next to your toothbrush, or on your desk, as a regular reminder of this important habit.
- Take vitamins.Those who take in higher levels of vitamin D are 20% less likely to have gingivitis. Vitamin C helps fight against bleeding gums, while calcium strengthens the jawbone. Overall, vitamins and a good diet can help maintain your oral health.
- Quit smoking and avoid substance abuse.People who use tobacco products (of all) are more likely to suffer from gum disease — in fact, they’re twice as likely to contract the gum disease as their non-smoking compatriots. It is also harder to treat gum disease in smokers at tobacco weakens the immune system. Overindulgence in alcohol can have similar effects, and illegal drugs such as methamphetamines can also damage the gums.
- Visit True Dental Care Preston twice a year. True Dental Care Preston will inspect for early signs of gum disease and suggest appropriate preventative approaches. We will check the colour and firmness of your gums and measure the space between your teeth and gums, to make sure all is well. Your dentist may perform a professional cleaning to deeply clean your teeth including under the gumline.
True Dental Care for your Dental Health
The foundation of True Dental Care Preston is a passion for healthy beautiful smiles. Our team is composed of Australian trained dentists, nurses, and a prosthetist. We offer general dentistry, implants and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency services, all in our advanced facility with a highly-trained staff and cutting-edge technology.
Call (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.