Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue, and is easily reversed. Most people experience this type of gum infection at least once in their lives. Sometimes, there are no apparent symptoms, so no one knows they have gingivitis. In other cases, people notice bleeding from their gums when they brush, or report that their gums feel a little sore. Regardless, everyone will benefit from learning about this common disease and how to fight it.
Your mouth is home to a variety of bacteria. Some bacteria can irritate the gums, if left undisturbed for even a brief period of time. The harmful bacteria multiply and gather into a substance called plaque, which also contains remnants of food. This plaque causes the gum infection. Plaque left on the teeth turns into tartar, within a matter of days. The tartar is also an irritant to gums, and provides a place for bacteria to stick to.
How to Reverse the Process
Gingivitis can be reversed simply by making some improvements in the way you care for your mouth:
Within two weeks of following the routine listed above, you should see reduced signs of gingivitis.
Go to the Dentist!
Even though you may have eliminated gingivitis once, it will come back, if you slack off. And don’t forget to maintain a consistent schedule of professional cleanings at your local dentist office to have tartar buildup removed on a regular basis.
Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
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