Lack of good oral hygiene, not brushing or brushing incorrectly, or not flossing, not having periodic dental check up & prophylactic cleaning every 6 months, puberty & hormonal changes. Orthodontic braces or ill-fitting dentures or unpolished restoration can sometimes contribute to gingivitis.
Thomas Pham Dentistry
You can identify Gingivitis with some signs such as bleeding gums, bad breath and sensitivity. Your dentist can help you with that too.
variety of reasons. The most common being inadequate oral hygiene. Your
dentist will be able to diagnose gingivitis by observing any bleeding of
gums visible during a routine exam. Consult your dentist to know the cause
of gingivitis and they will be able to tell you appropriate measures you
will have to take to prevent it. I hope that answers your question.
Certain medications and hormonal changes can also impact the gingival tissues, so be sure to always share your medical history with your dentist and dental hygienist. =20
your teeth and see blood you have gingivitis (infection of the gums) and
maybe even periodontitis (infection of the bone). If the teeth are not
cleaned properly with toothpaste, toothbrush and floss, then bacteria and
food particles will create plaque that will be a reservoir for bacteria to
thrive. Your immune system will start attacking the area to destroy the
bacteria and the gums will become tender, bleed easily and sometimes become
swollen, red, and or recede. Ulcerative lesions start to form pockets
between the gums and the root of the tooth allowing bacteria to hide out of
the reach of floss and allowing bacteria from your mouth to get into your
blood stream as well. Once in the blood stream certain bacteria can form
blood clots and put individuals at a high risk of strokes, heart attacks,
low birth weight/preterm babies, to list a few things. The pockets and
lesions are due to a localized infection that may only be able to be
cleaned in a professional dental office visit. Once the problem is
addressed and proper home care instructions are followed the area can heal
and the lesions and pockets can go away. The American Dental Association
recommends visiting your Dentist every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning
to diagnose and prevent problems. Also two great tools to have are a
Waterpik and a Sonicare Toothbrush. A Waterpik is an excellent adjunct to
irrigate the gums and dislodge any loose food particles in pockets and
between the teeth. A Sonicare toothbrush can clean your teeth more
effectively than a manual toothbrush. -Dr. Bishop
Gums that bleed when you brush or floss, gums that are a little puffy, red along the gumline, if you dry them off they look flat (gums should look stippled like an orange peel), your gums may be sore or hurt, you might have bad breath. An antibacterial mouthwash may help. Examples include Crest ProHealth, Colgate Total, and Listerine Zero, among others.
occurs when the bacteria in your mouth accumulate below the gum line and in
between your teeth. This leads to bone loss over time. With gingivitis,
bacteria are beginning this process and no bone loss has occured at this
time. The gums become inflammed. You will often note that the individuals
gums become red and edematous (boggy or swollen in appearance). You may
also notice bleeding when you brush or floss. When you notice bleeding
with brushing and flossing you are diagnosed with gingivitis (if bone loss
has occured you are diagnosed with periodontitis and will cary this
diagnosis for the rest of your life). Another thing you may notice is an
accumulation of plaque at the gumline in inflammed areas. In order to
prevent this you would want to brush and floss twice a day. Propper
technique is important associated with brushing and flossing and should be
discussed with you by your dental providers. Also important is visiting
your dentist for bianual cleanings and exams so any troubled areas can be
identified early to prevent progression to periodontal disease.
Prevention is aimed at minimizing the harmful bacteria causing the disease including
1. Properly brushing and flossing your teeth at least after breakfast AND at night before bed. Mouthwashes are not helpful if your teeth are not clean because they won't reach the areas covered in debris.
2.Visiting your dentist as recommended for cleaning and check ups. The frequency is based on your level of oral health and your gum measurements (periodontal charting). This will also allow your dentist the opportunity to identify the condition in the early stages and treat it before bone loss occurs.
which is the bacteria and their byproducts which forms on the teeth, is
removed with proper brushing and flossing every day, then the gingivitis
will disappear in 2 weeks. Sugary foods and drinks as well as
carbohydrate-containing foods such as potatoes and pasta cause more plaque
than other foods and drinks. This is not medical advice- it is just my
opinion. Thank you.