How To Prevent Gingivitis

The good news is that gingivitis is very easy to prevent! Most of the time, gingivitis symptoms occur in areas that need more thorough oral hygiene. While you might think you’re already practicing great oral hygiene, you might want to review the following tips to ensure you’re cleaning your teeth as well as you actually think you are. Because the bacteria under the gums in gingivitis is anaerobic – meaning that it lives in the absence of oxygen – getting oxygen into the area literally destroys the bacteria and helps halt the infection.

Brushing

Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many people use a medium to stiff bristled brush, but these can actually cause more harm than good. Too much pressure during brushing can cause gum recession and enamel abrasion, leaving large wedges in the roots of the teeth.

Consider an electric toothbrushHigh-quality electric brushes have soft bristles that are not only gentle on your teeth, but they also remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes, allowing you to clean your teeth and gums more efficiently. Many electric toothbrushes also create a foaming action that helps penetrate areas under the gums and between the teeth, flushing out some of the bacteria.

Reassess your brushing method. Angle your toothbrush bristles at 45 degrees toward the gumlines. Focus on just two teeth at a time, and make short sweeping strokes back and forth. Only apply as much pressure as you need to cause the gums to slightly blanch. Too much pressure or the wrong angulation will not target gumline plaque and could cause gum recession.

Use a pure, anti-bacteria toothpaste. Conventional toothpastes are filled with potentially harmful ingredients. Even “natural” toothpastes have abrasives and other additives. The best choice is to use a 100% pure botanical toothpaste that is proven to kill the bacteria that lead to gum problems like gingivitis, without any of the harsh chemicals.

Flossing

Check your flossing technique. Flossing should not be simply taking a piece of floss and sliding up and down between the teeth several times. This can cause gum damage and does not target the plaque biofilm under the gums. Instead, wrap your floss in a “C” shape against each tooth, sliding up and down two to three times under the gumlines. This method protects the gums as well as helps remove debris that collects along the gum margin.

Think about using a water flosser. Water flossers are able to remove plaque deeply below the gums, between the teeth, and under hard to reach areas such as bridges or rough restorations that you might have problems cleaning with normal floss. Water flossers are great for people with limited dexterity or simply don’t want to mess with floss in the first place. They are shown to reduce symptoms of gingivitis even more than some electric toothbrushes.

Lifestyle Choices

Eat a balanced diet and get plenty of exercise. Eating the right foods, staying active and taking nutritional supplements can help strengthen your cardiovascular and immune systems, making it easier for your body to fight any infectious conditions.

Avoid tobaccoIf you smoke, you are more likely to suffer from untreatable gum disease. Conditions like gingivitis may not be evident because the cigarette smoke causes blood vessels to atrophy, so you may never even be aware that you have a problem to begin with. Once the gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease it is nearly impossible to reverse unless you give up smoking.

Receive routine preventive care from your dentist. Having routine cleanings can remove any calcified bacterial deposits that would otherwise harbor conditions that encourage gingivitis. Your dentist can also identify any problem areas that may be susceptible to gingivitis, such as aging dental work or fillings with rough margins. If you have crowded teeth your dentist may recommend orthodontic therapy, which makes it easier to keep teeth clean and healthy.

Rinse with a pure mouthwash. When your mouth is trying to heal, it needs all the extra help it can get. Rinsing is one of the best ways to kill excess bacteria and help promote a healthy environment in your mouth. It’s best to rinse twice per day, after brushing and/or flossing. Be sure to swish and gargle thoroughly to help kill the bacteria in the entire mouth including the back of the tongue. It’s best to avoid alcohol-containing mouthwashes, because they can try out the mouth. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bad bacteria, which cause gingivitis and other gum problems.

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Types Of Gingivitis

The different levels of gum disease are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Early Periodontitis
  • Moderate Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

Gingivitis is the earliest and most simple form of gum disease. Thankfully you can also reverse and completely cure it! While it is less severe than other forms of gum disease, there are also various types of gingivitis. These include:

Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative (Trench Mouth)

This severe form of gingivitis is less common and occurs as severely ulcerated gums that appear to have “punched out” areas in the tissue. It usually includes a heightened immune response and involves inflammation of the lymph nodes.

Drug-induced

Medications that are taken can cause gingival “hyperplasia” or overgrowth of gum tissue. This condition is usually managed by addressing your medication needs with your primary care physician. In some cases there may be some gum modification through laser therapy by your dentist.

Hormonal

Some gingivitis is induced during pregnancy due to hormonal imbalances. Even with very good oral hygiene there may be some gum swelling and bleeding. Typically the condition will reverse itself after the baby is delivered.

Nutritional

Deficiencies such as anemia may cause pallor of the gums with heavy bleeding. If you are anemic and have bleeding during brushing or flossing, consider taking iron supplements and addressing your dietary needs. Malnutrition can contribute to various oral symptoms.

Plaque Induced

Inflammation and redness of the gums due to the presence of plaque biofilm.

Chronic

The most advanced stage of gingivitis that occurs before developing into periodontal disease.

Linear Gingival Erythema

Extremely red margins of the gumlines. There may not be bleeding present and oral hygiene may not improve the condition. It is commonly associated with HIV.

Fungal, Viral, Bacterial, Systemic Or Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases and other systemic conditions can produce symptoms of gingivitis due to the body’s response to the illness. Examples of diseases or infections that cause mucosal irritation include:

  • Herpes
  • Mononucleosis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Strep
  • Candida (fungal)
  • AIDS
  • Leukemia
  • HIV
  • Gingivitis can be localized or generalized, depending on the location. Localized gingivitis only affects one to a few teeth, while generalized gingivitis affects several areas or your entire mouth.

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Gingivitis Causes

teeth careWhat causes gingivitis? Gingivitis is caused by the following factors:

  • Plaque biofilm
  • Your body’s immune system
  • Poor or inadequate oral hygiene

Gingivitis is your body’s inflammatory system’s response to bacteria in an area of the mouth where it should not be. Bacterial plaque easily congregates at the gumlines of the teeth and may extend to areas under the gums as well as between the teeth. When this bacterium is not removed adequately on a routine basis, the body begins to attack the area, sending antibodies to destroy the plaque.

It is similar to having an injury on another portion of your body – if there is an open wound that collects dirt and germs and you neglect to keep it clean, the area will become red, swollen and sore. If you avoided cleaning this area, the infection would persist and become worse, leading to other problems. The same is true when germs and bacteria are not removed efficiently from the gumlines and between the teeth. Not brushing properly, often enough, or avoiding flossing can all cause gingivitis.

Reversing Gingivitis

Gingivitis can easily be reversed, so the condition only continues to persist when routine maintenance is less than satisfactory.

Patients with missing or crowded teeth may be at more risk to develop gingivitis or gum infections in these areas because the teeth are more difficult to keep clean. Even with very good oral hygiene, shifted or crowded teeth often still collect larger amounts of plaque biofilm.

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What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, thus reflecting the meaning of its name. The root words come from “gingiv” = gingiva (gums) and “itis” = inflammation of.

Gingivitis usually occurs in areas where plaque biofilm has not been adequately removed. Poor or inadequate oral hygiene allows bacteria to congregate at the gumlines, triggering an inflammatory response in the body. The result is inflammation and antibodies targeting the area of bacterial buildup, otherwise known as the condition “gingivitis.”

The early stages of gum infections are known as gingivitis, but as the infection becomes more severe it can lead to periodontal disease (gum disease), bone loss and tooth loss. It is estimated that up to 90% of adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gingivitis. Areas with gingivitis are tender to the touch or may bleed during oral hygiene procedures.

What Does Gingivitis Look Like?

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums resulting in:

  • Swollen or blunted gums
  • Red or purple gums
  • Gums that are tender
  • Bleeding during brushing or flossing

Healthy gums do not bleed, thus bleeding gums is a symptom of existing gingivitis. The swelling and redness of the gums may be localized to the papilla (the sharp pointed gum area between the teeth), generalized along the entire gum margin near the neck of the tooth, or more diffuse and extended far down into the gumlines. The gums may be slightly swollen, or have the appearance of an inner tube along the margins.

Coloration of the gums in gingivitis can range from a slightly pinker shade than healthy gingiva to areas that are bright red or even purple. If gingivitis progresses into severe states such as periodontal disease, the root surfaces may be exposed as well (recession).

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What Is Gingivitis?

A dentist with a patient looks at a x-ray

For those who are unfamiliar with specific oral conditions and issues, gingivitis is one of the most commonly experienced issues. Simply put, gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. This is often caused by a number of things, most notably, poor oral care. Gingivitis is one of the first stages of gum disease, so it is no small matter. The biggest contributor of this issue is typically plaque. Plaque is the colorless, sticky, soft film of bacteria that constantly forms on the bottoms of the teeth near the gums.

Normally, plaque is removed with a diligent and regimented oral care routine. This includes brushing, flossing and rinsing on a daily basis. You should be brushing your teeth thoroughly and completely at least twice a day, after every meal if you can. Flossing once a day and rinsing after you brush, with high-grade, all-natural mouthwash, is also necessary. This regimented practice helps to eliminate any and all plaque that manages to accumulate near the gums. When plaque is left unchecked and festers in the mouth, it produces toxins that irritate gum tissue.

Signs And Symptoms

Some people are unaware that they actually have gingivitis. They brush their teeth, though perhaps not well enough, so they believe that they have adequate oral health. Thankfully, there are specific signs and symptoms that often accompany gingivitis. Gums that bleed are one of the most common symptoms for those with gingivitis. Swollen and tender gums are also a clear indication that gingivitis may be developing. Also, if you are noticing that your gums are starting to recede or pull away from your teeth, you may be suffering from this condition.

The best way to prevent the occurrence of this oral condition is through adequate daily oral care. But there are also other steps that you can take to ensure the overall health of your mouth and your gums. If you have a poor diet, this can potentially lead to problems with your teeth and gums. Eating foods that will provide the necessary nutrients to your teeth and jawbone are essential. It’s also incredibly important to avoid smoking cigarettes or using any other forms of tobacco products. Not only are these products incredibly harmful to your internal health, they also wear down on your teeth and gums leaving negative toxins behind.

Do not make the mistake of ignoring warning signs or symptoms of gingivitis. If left untreated, you could potentially risk further issues and complications along the way. Due to the soft tissue around the teeth weakening, other gum infections, loose teeth or pain may result. If you have crooked teeth, poorly fitted dental appliances, broken fillings or are consuming certain medications, you could be more susceptible to suffering from gingivitis.

Don’t be afraid to see your dentist on a regular basis. This will ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned on a regular basis and that plaque can’t have a breeding ground that bacteria can so easily feed off of. Taking care of your teeth is of paramount importance.

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Rescued Chilean Miners All Suffering From Gum Disease

Only weeks ago the entire world held their collective breath, and marveled together as 33 Chilean miners were rescued from a collapsed shaft after being trapped underground for more than 2 months. In addition to other health concerns from being in this situation, it has become clear that they all now share one ailment: gum disease. For the first 17 days none of the 33 were able to brush their teeth. Poor nutrition, stress, and cigarettes supplied to them all combined to allow the natural bacteria present in the mouth to grow out of control. Eventually, a small hole was drilled from the surface and supplies were provided, but the damage had already been done.

 

This goes to show how quickly gum disease can develop if proper oral hygiene isn’t maintained. However, gum disease can be prevented and even reversed if caught soon enough- before it develops further into periodontal disease. Warning signs are sore, swollen, red, or bleeding gums. As it worsens, the gums can recede or pull away from the teeth, resulting in increased sensitivity.

 

Gum disease is not only an important condition to pay attention to for your oral health, but it has also been linked to numerous other conditions including cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. The same bacteria that forms sticky plaques in your mouth can access the blood stream if your gums bleed, and cause the same type of plaque buildup in the arteries.

 

The most important things you can do to prevent things like this from taking place is to be sure to brush at least twice a day, use a mouthwash twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Flossing can be the most important part, even though many skip it. Preventing food particles from decaying between the teeth will keep harmful bacteria and their acidic waste from causing further direct damage to the gum tissue itself.

 

Gum disease doesn’t take long to develop, as we’ve seen in the example of the Chilean miner’s plight. It’s likely that they will all fully recover, but you and I can take action to prevent the situation from arising in the first place.

 

National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and we at THP would like to take a few moments to remind or inform you of how to keep your mouth in mint condition with good oral hygeine and OraMD.

It’s estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, and unhealthy conditions in the mouth like that can often be attributed to poor oral hygiene. These same conditions can also generally be corrected, or prevented in the first place by adopting good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing, flossing, gargling, and in cases of bad breath or halitosis, many turn to mints or gum to mask odor. However, many of the over-the-counter products that are advertised to help improve these conditions actually contain ingredients that contribute to poor oral health.

OraMD contains ingredients that are 100% all natural, and proven to be anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal and can replace all of the chemical laden products you might normally use, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and even mints or gum.

To use as toothpaste, put 2-5 drops of OraMD on your toothbrush and brush as normal. Flossing is an important part of good oral hygiene, as it removes food particles and plaque from the spaces between teeth that your brush will not reach. Some people prefer to use an oral irrigator in place of floss to clean between teeth with pressurized water. OraMD can be added to the water used for irrigation for an enhanced anti-bacterial effect, but it is important to remember that OraMD can sometimes damage cheaper plastic components. To avoid this, flush your irrigator immediately after use with medium-to-hot water for 20-30 seconds. OraMD can be used as a mouth rinse simply by diluting 2-5 drops in an ounce of water and gargling. You can also apply a few drops directly onto the tongue to coat the mouth and remove the cause of bad breath.