Gingivitis: Remedies

Plaque is an important watchword that sounds a warning to those who ignore dental care to the extent that it might be too late to realize that it might be a forerunner to gingivities.

Dental care should be considered a prerequisite to healthy gums and  a “must” of preserving your dental health.  Brushing and flossing regularly could avoid visiting your dentist, as long as you are cognizant of the fact that by not doing so might cause your gums to swell.  At a point where you might suddenly realize that the problem is steadily creeping upon you, be aware that it might be already too late to avoid the onset of gingivitis which might be a prelude to losing your teeth.  Symptoms include bleeding each time you brush your teeth and, perhaps,  even losing your teeth.

Bear in mind, you are not alone in the battle to fight off the possibility of periodontal disease.  A general survey conducted and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association revealed that a majority of adults suffer from the early signs of periodontal disease, beginning with gingivitis, and a warning in advance that such a predicament might be a precursor to tooth decay that could cost you some time and money, given the fact that dental expenses have skyrocketed, even when you think insurance coverage might help mitigate financial loss  to some extent.

The following helpful tips should serve to prevent and preclude the onset of gingivitis, in line with the advice advanced by dentists:

1) Thirty seconds of brushing doesn’t necessarily prevent gingivitis.  You must take time to floss and brush correctly.  According to Robert Shallhorn, D.D.S., Aurora, Colorado, and past president of the American Academy of Periodontology,  good oral hygiene demands 3 to 5 minutes of brushing and flossing at least twice a day.

2)  Brush at the gum line: Gingivitis starts around the gum line where plaque sets in.  Studies reveal that brushing around the gum line is the most neglected area where brushing is needed.  You should place your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth so that half of your brush cleans your gums while the other half cleans your teeth, then, shimmy your brush; don’t scrape.

3)  Have two toothbrushes. Alternate between these, allowing one to dry and air out, while using the other.

4)   A constructive suggestion:  Get a power tool – an electric, rotary toothbrush. This helps remove 98 percent of plaque, versus 50 percent of plaque that hand brushing removes.

5)   Periodontal osteoporosis:  Similar to the the shrinking of your skeletal bones that might get brittle over a period of time, gingivitis is what should be considered as being Periodontal osteoporosis.  You could help prevent such an outcome if you choose to eat dairy products, salmon, almonds, and dark greens, all of which are loaded with calcium;  exercise and maintain a policy of “no smoking.”

6)   Gum massage:  In order to enhance blood circulation to your gums, it is suggested by professionals that you should, from time to time,  grip your gums between your thumb and index finger (index on the outside), and start rubbing  gently, but effectively.  

7)    Vitamin C:   Vitamin C might not arrest the onset  of gingivitis, but could help check bleeding gums, a fact, based on a study at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Nutrition Research Center in San Francisco, California.

Symptoms of gingivitis:  a)  Bad breath; b) Elongated teeth;  Your mouth feels unaligned with your teeth, when you shut it and your teeth do not come together normally;  c)  Your partial dentures fit differently; d) Pockets of pus sets in between your teeth and gums;  e) Your teeth are loose and ready to fall out.

In conclusion, if your gums continue to bleed and appear swollen while brushing, in spite of your good efforts, consider this to be the warning bell that tolls the beginning of your visits to your dentist.  


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