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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.
L. reuteri Prodentis effective in reduction of pregnancy-associated gingivitis.
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