While brushing your teeth, have you noticed some bleeding? On closer observation you will find your gums turning red, inflamed, and feel tender to touch. This is a sign of mild form of gingivitis. If you do not take dental care, it will become severe. In this condition, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. You will also see pus in gums and suffer from chronic bad breath. The gums pulling away cause increase in the space between the gums and teeth, leading to loss of teeth. If you observe similar symptoms, then you should know how to reverse gingivitis and take proper medical care.
Learning the causes will help you prevent the condition from flaring up. The bacteria present in the mouth secretes a clear, sticky substance on our teeth. This substance is called plaque that produces toxins that break down the gum tissues. If one does not remove plaque, it causes tartar, that is, hardened plaque. Tartar leads to gingivitis that leads to inflammation, bleeding, and swelling on the gums. If left untreated, it will lead to tooth loss, which is an indication of advanced peridontitis.
Peridontis is a condition where the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that are infected. This infection spread to the bone leading to tooth loss. This condition occurs due to poor dental care, smoking, tobacco chewing, poor diet, high levels of stress, family history of dental problems, and infrequent visit to the dentist.
One can reverse gingivitis by taking good dental care. It is very important one takes corrective steps to prevent plaque buildup and gets tartar cleaned by a dentist. A good healthy diet, avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco, help to prevent recurrent attacks. Only good oral hygiene will help control the spread of this gum disease.
The first step is brushing your teeth twice a day. Brush at least for 3 minutes, spend 30 seconds brushing each of the upper right and left, bottom right, and left and front molars. Next, comes flossing that will help remove all plaque between teeth. This prevents tartar buildup. You need to eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin C and vitamin D.
You should eat cranberries and sugar-free cranberry juice, as it has antimicrobial properties that prevents bacterial infection of mouth. Chew on sugar-free gums between meals to increase saliva productions. This will help flush out hidden food between teeth and prevent bacteria from growing. In order to clean your teeth naturally between meals, eat raw vegetables and fruits. Munching of carrots, apples, and pears not only help keep your teeth clean but also stimulates blood circulation in gums.
It takes about one month to six months to get rid of this problem completely. The time period depends on the severity. Taking good oral health care and visiting dentist regularly will help reduce the time period.
You should speak to your dentist if you are suffering from moderate to severe gingivitis. Do not take a chance, as it may result in losing a tooth or two. Regular visits to a dentist will keep dental problems at bay. Hope the above information proves to be useful to you in taking care of this gum disease.
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