What is a Gingivectomy?
Gingivitis is as a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue. Your gingiva (gum tissue) can become inflamed due to a variety of factors including, of course, poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, gingivitis can adapt into the more serious periodontitis, which unfortunately, may require surgery and could cause bone and tooth loss. Gingivitis prevention starts at home. In order to avoid gingivitis and its scary relative, periodontitis, there are five important things you can do regularly to stay gum disease free.
You can prevent gum disease
Brush twice a day: In order to ensure that you’re properly brushing your teeth for an ample amount of time, set a timer. The Canadian Dental Association recommends brushing for at least three minutes during each session. Moreover, when you’re brushing your teeth, don’t neglect your back teeth, and try to be gentle on your gums. Using excess force when you brush can lead to receding gums and enamel damage. Floss at least once per day: Using dental floss allows you get into hard-to-reach areas that a toothbrush can’t penetrate. Floss can easily be maneuvered down to the gum line in between your teeth, and removes plaque and debris that accumulates on your gums and teeth. By complimenting your brushing routine with flossing, you are doing your part to prevent the most common causes of gingivitis.
Other minor prevention tips
Choose the right mouthwash and toothpaste: Find toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride and anti-bacterial ingredients. These help protect enamel and aid in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Using the correct mouthwash and toothpaste can obstruct the bacteria in your mouth from generating acids that ruin your teeth and gums.
Stop smoking: Tobacco use is one of the worst things you can do to your mouth. Besides causing an array of vicious cancers, extreme bad breath, stained teeth, and an excessive build up of plaque and tarter, smoking increases your risk of gingivitis. Smoking restricts the normal function of gum tissue cells and weakens blood flow to the gums.
Regular visits to your dentist: Every six or so months, you should see your dentist for a cleaning. Regular cleanings are important because your dentist will tell you if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Getting full dental exams and cleanings twice yearly is a great way prevent gingivitis.
If you notice your gums appear swollen or discoloured, or you experience any pain in that area, visit us immediately. It may not be gingivitis, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!