What if the gums become inflamed?
What medicine to use for gingivitis?
How to prevent bleeding gums?
This text provides answers to the questions above.
We will go through all these stages of the disease in details:
- Causes of gingivitis
- The most common symptoms
- Office treatment of gingivitis
- Natural methods of treatment
Gingivitis is one of the most common diseases, which further indicates that every other person has a problem with dental disease.
Research conducted by the World Health Organization is a big enough reason to unite in the fight against this persistent disease.
Our mission is to make as many people as possible aware that they visit their dentist regularly.
What do dentists say about gingivitis?
Gingivitis or inflammation of the gums (gingiva) is the initial stage of tooth disease.
The most common cause is dental plaque that occurs due to poor oral hygiene.
Bacteria, which represents the normal flora of our oral cavity, react with sugars from food. In that way, they create an acid that corrodes tooth enamel and irritates the gums.
If the bacteria is not removed, plaque builds up on the teeth but also deeper in the gums, creating dental pockets full of pathogenic microorganisms.
The mucous membrane of the gums then becomes red, painful, and swollen. And during mechanical irritation, bleeding also occurs.
This is the first sign of gingivitis and an alarm to call your dentist. Because, if gingivitis is not treated in time, it can cause periodontitis.
What is periodontitis and how is it treated?
That is why regular brushing of teeth is very important in the prevention of gingivitis.
In addition to the above causes, there are some other factors that can increase the risk of developing gingivitis:
- Smoking and alcoholism
- A diet full of carbohydrates and harmful fats
- Systemic diseases (diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases)
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty, or hormone therapy
- Stress and lack of sleep
Gingivitis – a “silent” disease
Gingivitis is a disease that develops slowly and very often does not give any symptoms. That is why it is also called a silent disease.
Swollen and red gums that bleed when using a brush and floss are a sure sign of inflammation.
Dotted, white deposits that appear on the gums can cause them to retract and create a dental pocket.
In that case, the root of the tooth remains unprotected, which further leads to tooth decay and tooth loss – periodontitis.
Bad breath and bad taste in the mouth are also related to this disease.
It is your duty to the body to check yourself regularly and consult with your dentist.
How to treat gingivitis?
Prevention and regular oral hygiene are the key to treating gingivitis, which requires a lot of time and patience.
Taking care of your overall health, changing bad habits, and reducing your diet should be your priority. Reducing stress, regular rest and healthy sleep are the first links in the treatment chain of gingivitis.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, with soft brushes and light circular motions.
As brushing is not enough, it is also recommended to use dental floss, which removes food from hard to reach places between the teeth.
Rinse your mouth regularly with an antiseptic liquid that regulates the number of bacteria and refreshes the breath.
If you are found to have too much dental plaque that turns into tartar over time, schedule tartar cleaning at your dentist. This prevents tartar from spreading to the gums, causing inflammation.
Finally, if the inflammation has occurred, further treatment is continued with antibiotics.
When the dentist does a PET test, which determines the type of pathogenic bacteria isolated from the dental plaque, he prescribes a certain antibiotic based on the obtained results.
Home treatment with natural preparations is exclusively recommended by a doctor, based on your clinical picture and stage of the disease.
Naturally healing of gingivitis
The symptoms of gingivitis can be alleviated with alternative natural remedies recommended by your dentist.
Since ancient times, we have known plants and their derivatives that help regulate inflammation or bleeding gums.
Teas, tinctures and oils that we get from nature are one of them.
Baking soda neutralizes the acid in the mouth and thus protects the teeth and gums.
It can be used daily. After soda treatment, brush your teeth with toothpaste. Soda is also combined with 3% hydrogen.
Dilution of sea salt
Salt water has proven to be a good natural remedy for gingivitis.
The salt is dissolved in lukewarm water, then the mouth is rinsed.
In addition to being known as a source of vitamin C, lemon also relieves the symptoms of gingivitis.
With its strong antibacterial effect, honey directly reduces inflammation. Smear it directly on the gums.
A plant that is known for its widest application. For inflamed gums, use aloe vera gel or juice.
Green tea is a natural antioxidant. It prevents plaque from settling on the teeth. Also, sage and chamomile teas are recommended as mouthwashes because they soothe inflammation of the gums and throat.
In addition to its pleasant taste, basil tea is also known for its antibacterial effect on inflamed tissue.
This plant is known for its positive effect on the human body, it is recommended in the daily diet. It can be used fresh, as a spice, or in teas.
Turmeric is used to make natural kinds of toothpaste. A mixture of coconut oil, salt, and turmeric made a paste that you can use to treat inflammation and bleeding gums.
Wild oregano oil, coconut oil, and eucalyptus oil have proven to be excellent allies in the fight against inflammation. By gently massaging the gums, you can relieve pain and swelling.
Saliva protects against bacteria
Dry mouth can be an indicator of various diseases.
Dehydration decreased work of the salivary glands, Sjorgen’s syndrome, and diabetes are one of the causes of dry mouth.
Reduced salivation is very harmful for teeth. It contains compounds that prevent the accumulation of food residues and harmful bacteria.
The most commonly used agent to stimulate saliva secretion is evening primrose oil.
We have seen which are the most common causes of gingivitis and what prevention we should take to prevent inflammation.
Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis if not treated in time.
We also emphasized which symptoms are sure indicators of the disease and the first signs that we must visit the dentist. Bleeding gums should be taken seriously and responded to in a timely manner.
We have listed the methods of treating gingivitis. Both medically and naturally home healing require consultation with your doctor.
In the end, it remains to emphasize the importance of regular visits to the dentist and preventive examinations.
Regular oral hygiene is a prerequisite for good health. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using adequate toothpaste and soft toothbrushes. It is recommended that you change your toothbrushes every two to three months.
Let a varied diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, become your daily routine. Eliminate cigarettes and alcohol.
Do sports, reduce stress and rest more.
If problems with inflammation or bleeding gums occur, it would be best to contact us, and we will do our best to solve your problem permanently!