Every year, many Americans are diagnosed with gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. While gingivitis can often be treated and even reversed if it’s spotted early, it can develop into periodontitis and lead to tooth loss if not addressed. Today, we want to give our Laulani Dental Care patients tips for preventing and managing gingivitis.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The best way to avoid most common dental conditions is by practicing a good oral hygiene routine at home. You should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
2. Know Your Risks
Certain people have a higher risk for developing gingivitis. Smokers, older people, and those with poor nutrition are more likely to develop gum disease. If you fall into one of those categories, it is even more important to have good oral hygiene and regular cleanings and exams at our office.
3. Watch for Receding Gums
One of the early signs of gum disease is receding gums. If you notice that your gums appear to be pulling away from your teeth, let our team know. Receding gums can increase your risk for tooth decay and infection, as bacterial plaque can grow under your gum line.
4. Keep an Eye Out for Symptoms
Aside from receding gums, if you notice that your gums are especially tender, bright red, or bleed easily when brushing and flossing, let us know. These are all early warning signs of gingivitis.
5. Visit Us!
Like many dental issues, gingivitis can be treated if it is diagnosed early. Keep up to date with your professional cleanings and exams in our office. For most patients, we recommend a professional cleaning every six months.
To ask our team any other questions about gingivitis or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!Contact Us