The initial symptoms of gingivitis are very subtle. Many people have gingivitis and don’t know it. Maybe you’re used to seeing a little blood in the sink when you brush your teeth each morning, or having your teeth feel slightly “loose” after flossing. Unfortunately, these are definite symptoms of gingivitis, an infection that if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.
It’s crucial that you treat gingivitis when that’s all it is. Gingivitis is almost like your mouth’s way of telling you that it needs a little extra care. Luckily, providing that care is relatively easy and can develop into lifelong habits that keep your mouth healthy!
Gingivitis causes a lot of inflammation. This is due to a buildup of plaque along the gum lines and in between teeth. To treat gingivitis this plaque must be removed.
It may be uncomfortable to step up your oral hygiene game when you have gingivitis. Gums are often tender and somewhat sore. However, if neglected these symptoms will only worsen.
Don’t rush when brushing your teeth. Using a brush with a smaller head can help you comfortably give attention to your gums and teeth separately. Brush in a circular motion at a 45 degree angle, so as to clean under the gums.
Floss your teeth in a “C” motion, following the curvature of the tooth and pushing up under the gum.
If you think you could be showing some of the signs of gingivitis make a visit to your dentist. A good, thorough cleaning is the best first step towards treatment. Dentists have special tools that can get into those hard to reach places and remove plaque buildup more effectively.
Call Dr. Boss and get your gums back on track!