Do You Have Gingivitis?

The Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that is considered to be the precursor to the more serious periodontal (gum) disease.

It often presents itself in a number of telltale symptoms and is thankfully reversible in the early stages. Keep reading to find out if you are suffering from Gingivitis and how you can reverse the effects. The professional team at Tewantin Dental Centre can help to diagnose the early stages of Gingivitis and can help you to learn the best way to take care of your teeth.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

  • Red, swollen, tender gums

Gums that are inflamed, tender and particularly red are a very common symptom of Gingivitis. It is also common for gums to bleed when brushing or flossing in a patient who suffers from Gingivitis. This is not a healthy sign and should be addressed immediately before more long term effects start to take place.

  • Gum recession

Often in patients who are suffering from Gingivitis, we will see a recession of the gums. This basically means the gums start to pull away from the teeth, giving your teeth a very elongated appearance. Once this has occurred, it cannot naturally be reversed. If you wish to reverse gum recession, you will usually require a gum grafting procedure.

  • Persistent bad breath

Even in its early stages, Gingivitis can be the cause of persistent bad breath. Patients can also suffer from an incessant bad taste in their mouth. Your dentist will be able to determine the root cause of your persistent bad breath.

What Happens If I Ignore My Gingivitis?

Ignoring the signs of Gingivitis can lead to a much more serious health issue. Periodontal (gum) disease is chronic and it is life-long. Gingivitis is a condition that solely affects the gums, Periodontitis, however, affects the gums as well as the bone that supports the teeth. Once the bone loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed. It is important to try and reverse the effects of Gingivitis before it progresses.

Prevention Techniques

There is one simple but effective way to help prevent the emergence of Gingivitis. A good oral hygiene routine! It is absolutely essential that you follow a good oral health routine on a daily basis, this way you can eliminate the build-up of plaque causing bacteria, which can end up being a major contributor to Gingivitis. You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. When you brush, angle your toothbrush at 45° so that you are brushing your gums as well. You should try to use gentle, circular motions so as to reach all of the areas in your mouth and you won’t hurt the delicate gum tissue or tooth enamel by brushing too hard. You should also floss once a day so as to remove any substances that have built up in between your teeth.

Don't Forget Your Clean and Scale Appointments!

It is suggested that you have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist or dental technician at least once every six months. This will help to remove the build-up of plaque that cannot be removed with regular brushing or flossing. Your dentist can also pinpoint any particular areas you might be missing during your daily routine.

If you have noticed you are suffering some of the aforementioned symptoms, contact us today to arrange a general check-up and clean and we will be able to assess the health of your teeth and determine the best course of action for you. We are local dentists in Noosa and we can help patients of all ages no matter how big or small the problem.