woman with gum diseaseMany people can suffer from gum diseases like gingivitis without even knowing it. In fact, 3 out of 4 people will have gingivitis (diagnosed or undiagnosed) at some point in their life. The scary thing is that gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that can be reversed. Not sure why this is such a big deal? We break it down in this blog.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, an irreversible disease that can cause severe gum inflammation and tooth loss. Many people will first notice the signs of gingivitis by their gums bleeding after they brush them.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis can be caused by a number of lifestyle and some genetic factors. The main culprit, however, is poor dental hygiene. When you don’t to brush your teeth (at least twice per day) and floss your teeth daily, you are allowing bacteria to wreak havoc in your mouth. This bacteria will begin eating away at your enamel, leading to tooth decay. As this happens, bacteria will find the weak points in your teeth and cause infections and diseases – like gingivitis.  Some causes of gingivitis include:

  • Tobacco Use
  • Poor Diet
  • Genetics

Treatment for Gingivitis

It’s not too late! If you think you have gingivitis – there is still time to reverse the disease before it progresses to a more severe condition known as periodontal disease. At Stetson Hills Dental, we recommend staying up-to-date with your bi-annual cleanings to ensure that gum disease does not go unnoticed. Once your gum disease progresses to periodontal disease – it cannot be reversed. Here are some tips that can help promote gum health:

  • Brush. Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause damage to your enamel, making the teeth more susceptible to disease and infection.
  • Hydrate. Drink a lot of water and avoid sugary drinks. Water helps keep your mouth clear of bacteria and promotes a healthy oral environment. Dry mouth promotes bacteria growth, so drink up!
  • Fluoride. At least once per day, use a fluoride rinse during your brushing and flossing routine. This extra boost of minerals will strengthen your enamel and help protect it from bacteria.
  • Diet. Eating a balanced diet full of vitamins will help promote a healthy lifestyle. This is not only good for your teeth but your entire body.

Prevention and Intervention

Whether you are preventing gingivitis or think you may have gum disease, it is important to keep up with your regular dental exams and cleanings. The professional team at Stetson Hills Dental is ready to help you prevent gum disease and intervene when any diseases start developing. Schedule an appointment today!