Contrary to many peoples belief gingivitis is not as terminal for your teeth as you may think, because gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which is why you need to discover the best way to treat it, and which is the best toothpaste for gingivitis? Before it develops into periodontitis.
I think partly because gingivitis is such a terrible sounding word, and it is common when gum disease is being discussed, many people think, once you have it your teeth are doomed. Well that is not the case and sometimes it can be a just the warning you need to change the way you clean your teeth.
It can be self diagnosed by checking your gums regularly, but regular visits to your dentist will soon highlight the problem. Your gums will begin to look red and puffy and may bleed when brushed, usually this is caused by plaque build up along or beneath the gum line, this can quickly turn into harmful bacteria that can poison the gum. This stage of gum disease can be reversible because it has not affected the connecting tissue or the bone that hold the teeth in place.
Once these this tissues and bone become infected you are past the gingivitis stage and onto what is called periodontitis, which in effect could be called the second stage of gum disease. This is why it needs to be diagnosed early and treated because once your gums are at this stage it is irreversible. You can still hold back the third and terminal stage of gum disease by regular visits to your dentist and a proper dental hygiene program.
The third and final stage of gum disease is called Advanced periodontitis, this is where the bone and connecting tissues and fibres are destroyed, resulting in your teeth becoming loose, the only chance then is quite aggressive treatment or the extraction of the teeth.
What we also know about gingivitis and advanced gum disease is that a bacteria is being created which will get into your system and can make you feel unwell. It can also cause quite chronic bad breath.
After all this doom and gloom there is some good news and that is as mentioned earlier gingivitis can be treated and kept at bay by following a simple but disciplined dental hygiene program which involves:
- Following a repeated method of brushing and that is to simply brush away from the gum line and not into it, because all you are doing is pushing food particles under the gum for it then to deteriorate and become bacteria, which we know poisons the gum causing gingivitis.
- Brush for an adequate length of time. No point in flicking over your teeth for 10-20 seconds. If in doubt listen to a record or song as 3-4 minutes is the recommended length of time for each brushing.
- Brush your gums. I repeat “brush your gums!” Many people do a perfectly good job of brushing their teeth but hardly touch their gums. Bacteria can lay on the surface of your gums undetected, and if not removed will again penetrate the gum making it softer and susceptible to even more bacteria which we know can lead to gingivitis.
- Regular check ups, scaling, and cleaning by your dentist as plaque collects it develops into tartar which can only be removed by scaling.
- Use the best toothpaste for gingivitis, i.e one that has fluoride, antibacterial properties and if possible antiseptic ingredients too. Try to avoid toothpastes that are very abrasive as they can sometimes irritate the already inflamed gum, some specialist whitening toothpastes have higher than normal abrasive agents.
- Floss your teeth, as this removes engrained food particles between your teeth, that attach to your gums and become bacteria.
- If you have quite large gaps between your teeth, whether this is natural or because of gum disease, use “inter-dental” brushes. These are rather like small pipe cleaners i.e they have a narrow wire core with bristles all the way along. These can be purchased in differing diameters to suit the gaps between teeth. Sometimes flossing will not remove all the stubborn food particles. This is extremely important and a very effective remedy for preventing gingivitis.