Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms. However, the greatest danger posed by inflammation is the elevated risk of periodontal disease. Gum disease cannot be cured once it develops, it must be managed. However, by reversing gingivitis, you can potentially avoid this serious oral health concern completely.
Frequently Asked Questions About Reversing Gingivitis
Question: What causes gum inflammation?
Answer: Gingivitis can form as a result of multiple factors, including smoking, family history, or certain inflammatory illnesses. However, the most common cause is poor oral hygiene, which allows plaque buildup to accumulate on the surface of the teeth. Plaque not only weakens tooth enamel, but can also irritate and eventually inflame the gums.
Question: How do I know if I need to see a dentist?
Answer: Should you notice any changes to your gums, you should see your dentist. Soreness, redness, and bleeding when brushing and flossing are common indicators of inflammation. Don’t ignore these warning signs, as lack of treatment could mean a greater risk of periodontal disease forming.
Question: Will a scaling and root planing help?
Answer: Yes! We often use a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and from the roots. Doing so can reduce inflammation and cause periodontal pockets to close, protecting your smile from complications. Depending on the severity of your plaque buildup, the procedure can take one or multiple visits to complete.
Question: How do I improve gum health from home?
Answer: You should always make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. You also need to floss each night before bed and see your dentist for a cleaning every six months.
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