How To Treat Gingivitis and Why You Really Should

How To Treat Gingivitis and Why You Really Should

How To Treat Gingivitis and Why You Really Should

Many people are seeking information on how to treat gingivitis because believe it or not, it’s surprisingly common. In fact, in a nationwide 2009 study on Periodontal Diseases in the American Adult Population it was found that 24% of people tested showed early signs of gum disease (gingivitis).

That’s All Well and Good, but What Exactly is Gingivitis?

In essence it’s a condition caused by a bacterial (plaque) build-up on the gums and although non-destructive, if left untreated, it can morph into full blown periodontal disease which may cause permanent long-term damage to your teeth and jaw. At this stage however, the good news is that any problems can usually be reversed as the connective tissue and bone that hold the tooth in place are not yet affected.

So How Do You Know if You’re Showing Signs of Gingivitis?

Classic Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis Include:

  • Swollen, red or tender gums that may bleed when you brush
  • Gums that may have receded or pulled away from the teeth giving them an elongated appearance
  • A bad taste in the mouth or recurring bad breath

The problem is that because gingivitis is usually painless and has mild symptoms it’s pretty easy to ignore and people often do just that!

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The idea that gingivitis can be down to genetic factors is nothing new and there is also evidence that medical factors can have a major influence too. However it’s thought that the primary cause is simply down to poor oral care.

Food particles trapped under the gums combine with bacteria to create plaque. This colorless film of sticky material then attaches itself to the tooth. If not removed the plaque hardens into something called calculus (tartar). Each day this contaminated crust grows. As it does so, it attacks the gums causing them to become irritated and this is why they often bleed when brushed.

How to Treat Gingivitis?

Remember that treatment for gingivitis is all about daily plaque control. If you don’t allow plaque to build up, it won’t cause any problems, simple! So the first step is to remove the problem. This is done chairside by your dentist/hygienist using techniques such as scaling and root planing. Doing so eradicates any troublesome tartar build up and promotes healing. In some cases your dentist may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash that you should use daily to help fight off any infection.

The next stage involves thorough and proper daily cleaning and flossing. Remember removing plaque is essential so you may want to increase the frequency and duration of your brushing, particularly after meal times. If you have problems flossing, then an alternative might be to invest in a water flosser or oral irrigator. There is evidence to suggest that gingivitis responds well to oral irrigators. They’re gentler than flossing as they shoot a small high-pressure stream of water which dislodges any remaining food particles from between teeth.

So, How Long Does it Take to Get Rid of Gingivitis?

Typically treatment for gingivitis takes somewhere between 10-14 days to reverse. However in some cases it may take longer. Even after proper gum disease treatment, conditions will continue to exist for several days, so you will need to be patient. However if after 2-3 weeks, you’re still showing signs of gingivitis, then it’s advisable that you speak to your dentist once again.

So there you have it…

Remember, if you do notice swollen or red gums or traces of blood when you brush then it’s a good indicator that you have gingivitis. In this instance it’s worth making an appointment with your San Ramon Periodontist Dr. Kaeley who will take a closer look and suggest a treatment plan.

If you’re seeking help in treating your gum infection, then look no further than Progressive Periodontics And Implant Dentistry. We deliver gentle, patient-centered solutions that will have you back to full dental health fast. Call our friendly team and book an appointment on (925) 860-7071 today.


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We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To Schedule An Appointment with Dr. Kaeley contact our San Ramon, CA, dental office today by calling (925) 860-7071. Our office at 9301 Fircrest Lane Suite 5 San Ramon, CA 94583 welcomes new patients in and around San Ramon, CA, including Dublin, Pleasanton, Danville, Blackhawk, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Castro Valley, Pleasant Hill and the surrounding Contra Costa County communities.

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Dr Kaeley

Dr. Janice Kaeley, a periodontist, is committed to providing the highest level of care with compassion and understanding for every patient. Dr. Kaeley is delighted to provide the most current periodontal procedures to the community of San Ramon. From the moment you meet her, Dr. Kaeley’s passion for dentistry is evident. She takes the time necessary to educate her patients and help each patient find the right path of treatment for them based on all relevant clinical findings.

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