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The How to Stop Gingivitis


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Simple ways to stop Gingivitis - an inflammation of the gums - before it becomes a more serious form of gum disease known as Periodontitis.

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The How to Stop Gingivitis

  1. 1. How to Identify and Eliminate Gingivitis
  2. 2. What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis — an inflammation of the gums — is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat.
  3. 3. 1) Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammation and infection that destroys the tissue around your teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone). What causes Gingivitis? (1 of 3)
  4. 4. 2) Gingivitis is due to the long-term effects of plaque deposits on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of your teeth. It’s a major cause of tooth decay. PLAQUE What causes Gingivitis? (2 of 3)
  5. 5. 3) Untreated plaque turns into a hard deposit called tartar (or calculus) that becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. Tartar produces bacteria and toxins that cause your gums to become infected and swollen. TARTAR What causes Gingivitis? (3 of 3)
  6. 6.  Certain infections and body-wide (systemic) diseases  Failure to get teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis  Pregnancy (hormonal changes increase sensitivity of the gums)  Uncontrolled diabetes  Misaligned teeth and/or fillings with rough edges High risk factors inculde: (1 of 2)
  7. 7. Note: Many people have some form of gingivitis. It usually develops during puberty or early adulthood due to hormonal changes. Gingivitis may persist or recur frequently, depending on the health of your teeth and gums.  Medications (such as phenytoin, bismuth & some birth control pills)  Poor dental hygiene (failure to brush and floss daily)  Badly fit or unclean braces, dentures, bridges, and crowns High risk factors inculde: (2 of 2)
  8. 8. Have your dentist or dental hygienist clean your teeth regularly. They use special tools to loosen and remove harmful deposits from your teeth. How to treat Gingivitis? (1 of 5)
  9. 9. Careful oral hygiene is necessary after professional cleaning. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to brush and floss. How to treat Gingivitis? (2 of 5)
  10. 10. Repair misaligned teeth or replace your dental and orthodontic appliances. Find out what your dentist recommends. How to treat Gingivitis? (3 of 5)
  11. 11. Antibacterial mouth rinses or other aids can also help and are sometimes recommended. You can review and purchase recommended mouthwashes here. How to treat Gingivitis? (4 of 5)
  12. 12. Professional tooth cleaning in addition to brushing and flossing may be recommended twice per year or more frequently for severe cases of gum disease. How to treat Gingivitis? (5 of 5)
  13. 13. Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes Periodontitis (gum disease). When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to Periodontitis. Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis
  14. 14. 4 ways to protect yourself from Gingivitis & Periodontitis disease 1. Use Dental Optimizer approved Antibacterial Mouth Rinses and products 2. Estimate the cost of professional cleaning with our Dental Cost Calculator 3. Find a local dentist in our Dental Directory of over 90,000 dentists 4. Get Financing for the entire cost of your new braces Simple ways to stop Gingivitis