What’s in your mouth? Believe it or not, lots of bacteria! And all that bacteria needs your faithful, daily attention to avoid gingivitis and periodontitis (per-e-o-don-TIE-tis).
What’s so bad about gingivitis and periodontitis? Simply put, all that bacteria forms a sticky film called plaque. Untreated plaque hardens to form tartar. Tartar encourages a mild form of gum infection known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, the gum infection moves deeper into your bone and turns into the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Now your bone begins to decay. Pus forms. Your gums swell, turn red, hurt and bleed, a lot. If this painful, foul-smelling gum infection is still left untreated, your teeth will become loose and fall out. Not a very pretty picture, huh?
How can you avoid gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease). It causes irritation, redness, and swelling of your gums. It’s important to treat it promptly because it can lead to a much more serious gum disease known as periodontitis.
Both gingivitis and periodontitis are common, preventable and usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Plaque must be removed daily because it re-forms within 24 hours. Avoid gingivitis and periodontitis by practicing the following good dental health habits:
- Brushing to remove soft plaque, twice a day (in the morning and before going to bed)
- Replacing your toothbrush, every three to four months
- Using an electric toothbrush or Sonicare toothbrush
- Flossing to remove soft plaque from between teeth, once a day
- Scheduling regular dental cleanings to remove hardened tartar, preferably every six months but no less than every twelve
A plaque-free mouth is a healthy mouth. Avoid gingivitis and periodontitis with diligent care of your teeth on a daily basis and regular dental checkups with your dental hygienist. Taking good care of your teeth today will save you pain, time and expense tomorrow.
If you notice any symptoms of gingivitis, make an appointment with Davis Dental today. Call (307) 634-3488.
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