Avoid gingivitis, but why?
If you don't take proper care of your teeth and gums, bacteria will accumulate in your mouth. It is scientifically proven that gingivitis can lead to acute diseases such as various vascular diseases, arthritis, heart attack, diabetes, premature birth or pneumonia.
In addition, gingivitis can be very painful. If your gums recede and your teeth no longer have natural support, you should act quickly. Why it is so important to avoid gingivitis is explained in today's blog post.
Inadequate oral hygiene leads to gingivitis
Did you know that insufficient oral hygiene causes your gums to become inflamed sooner or later? And do you know how to recognise gingivitis? A sure sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush your teeth.
Gingivitis, for example, describes a bacterial infection caused by plaque and debris. This is when harmful bacteria have accumulated between your teeth and along your gums over a long period of time.
You can prevent gingivitis by practising comprehensive oral hygiene with your emmi®-dent ultrasonic toothbrush, dental floss and mouth rinses. With an appropriate mouth rinse, you can also remove plaque from places that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush during daily oral hygiene.
If you don't remove plaque from your teeth and interdental spaces every day, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar can only be removed by having your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist. Gingivitis is the precursor to a painful and serious gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis will cause severe damage to the periodontium. This also affects your bones.
If you treat gingivitis promptly, you can prevent periodontitis. This can also prevent tooth loss. To remove plaque from all sides of your teeth, use a small toothbrush. It is also advisable to use interdental brushes or dental floss daily.
Detect gingivitis at an early stage
You can always recognise acute gingivitis by swollen and reddened gums. When you brush your teeth, there is blood on the toothbrush or you notice the red colouring when you rinse your mouth. In the worst cases, pus may also come out of the gum pockets.
If you suffer from an unpleasant taste or bad breath, you should brush your teeth more intensively and more often. Gum infections often lead to pain and discomfort. You will feel this especially if you drink something very hot or cold.
If you don't actively treat gingivitis, your gums will slowly recede. This exposes the necks of your teeth and loosens them. This can lead to the loss of individual teeth. By the way, people who smoke for years or who are diabetic have an increased risk of periodontitis and gingivitis. Other risk factors include old age, malnutrition, stress or hormonal changes.