Gingivitis Causes and Treatment
Gingivitis is caused mainly by plaque build up on the teeth. Plaque builds up when starchy and sticky foods stick to our teeth and come into contact with the bacteria in our mouth. Brushing our teeth can help remove this, but plaque can build up quickly, usually within twenty-four hours. This is why it is necessary to brush and floss our teeth after we eat, especially after really sticky foods. The more build up there is on the teeth the more likely it is that your gums will become irritated and bleed often. This is the beginning of gingivitis.
Some factors can put certain people more at risk for this gum disease. These factors include: poor oral health habits such as not brushing your teeth or flossing, smoking or using chewing tobacco, diabetes, increases in age, medications, poor nutrition, a dry mouth, certain infections, and more. It is important to talk to your doctor and dentist about things you can do to help prevent gum disease if you are already at risk for getting it.
This gum condition can be treated by thoroughly cleaning and flossing your teeth, using a mouth wash specifically recommended to help prevent it, and by fixing or restoring your teeth professionally if the teeth are severely damaged. However, it is easier to prevent this problem. We can all do this by brushing and flossing after meals, using a mouth wash, changing our eating habits, and visiting a dentist at least twice a year. This way we can have healthy, clean, shiny teeth and gums long into the future and this will help us to keep enjoying all the foods we love for a long time to come.…