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What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent and reverse gingivitis.
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fitted tightly around the teeth. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender gums
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Dusky red or dark red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
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When to see a dentist
If you notice any signs and symptoms of gingivitis, schedule an appointment with your dentist. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from gingivitis and preventing its progression to periodontitis. In addition to visiting the dental hygienist and daily oral care, supplementation of lactic acid bacteria may be an option.
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risks during pregnancy
What is pregnancy gingivitis?
Healthy gums are pale pink and fit snugly around each tooth. If your gums become red, swollen or bleed during the time you are pregnant, you may be suffering from an inflammation of the gums known as pregnancy gingivitis.
What causes it?
When you are pregnant the volume of blood in your body increases, causing your mucous membranes to swell. Your body’s hormonal balance also changes, which heightens the sensitivity of your immune system. One result of this is that you are more likely to suffer from bleeding gums during pregnancy. The hormonal changes in your body mean that you have
lower resistance to bacteria and more easily develop infections in your mouth.
From plaque to tooth loss
When you eat or drink, a film of bacteria called plaque forms on your teeth. If this film is allowed to accumulate it can grow and extend down under the edge of your gums and result in inflammation. When plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar and can cause gingivitis to advance to a more serious infection known as periodontitis and ultimately also tooth loss. Periodontitis is a disease that progresses slowly. An early sign that you have gingivitis is that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
The risk of developing periodontitis is increased by factors such as smoking, heredity and certain illnesses. There is a lot you can do at home to prevent both gingivitis and periodontitis.
What can I do at home?
If you develop gingivitis, it’s important to keep all surfaces of your teeth as clean as possible right up to the gum line.
You should brush your teeth very thoroughly with a soft toothbrush, every morning and night. It’s better to brush slowly and carefully than fast and vigorously. Use dental floss, dental toothpicks or interdental brushes to ensure that your teeth are clean on all sides. Your dentist or dental hygienist can help you to find the right products for your mouth. If the bleeding doesn’t subside after around two weeks, you should contact your dental clinic. The earlier the problems are detected, the better.
- Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly every morning and night.
- Use a soft toothbrush.
- Brush carefully and take your time.
- Use dental toothpicks, dental floss or interdental brushes every day.
- Take supplements of lactic acid bacteria for oral health.
A natural complement
Your mouth is normally home to around 800 different types of bacteria and a balanced oral flora is essential for healthy teeth and gums.
In addition to caring for your teeth daily and making regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist, supplements of natural lactic acid bacteria can be an effective complement. In studies on pregnant women, there are lozenges and drops containing lactic acid bacteria for oral health that have been shown to promote a balanced flora in the oral cavity. Talk to your dental hygienist if you want to know more about lactic acid bacteria and oral health.
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Do you worry about
Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be embarrassing and in some cases may even cause anxiety. It’s no wonder that store shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to fight bad breath. But many of these products are only temporary measures because they don’t address the cause of the problem.
Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with consistent proper dental hygiene. If simple self-care techniques don’t solve the problem, see your dentist or physician to be sure a more serious condition isn’t causing your bad breath.
Bad breath odors vary, depending on the source or the underlying cause. Some people worry too much about their breath even though they have little or no mouth odor, while others have bad breath and don’t know it. Because it’s difficult to assess how your own breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your bad-breath questions.
When to see a doctor
If you have bad breath, review your oral hygiene habits. Try making lifestyle changes, such as brushing your teeth and tongue after eating, using dental floss, and drinking plenty of water.
If your bad breath persists after making such changes, see your dentist. If your dentist suspects a more serious condition is causing your bad breath, he or she may refer you to a physician to find the cause of the odor.
How can you
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks and not cleaning your teeth well.
Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. They’re especially common in children, teenagers and older adults. But anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including infants.
If cavities aren’t treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to a severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits are your best protection against cavities and tooth decay.
The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, depending on their extent and location. When a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause
- Tooth sensitivity
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth
- Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth
- Pain when you bite down
When to see a dentist
You may not be aware that a cavity is forming. That’s why it’s important to have regular dental checkups and cleanings, even when your mouth feels fine. However, if you experience a toothache or mouth pain, see your dentist as soon as possible.