How to Treat Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is prevalent in 50% of all American adults, aged 30 and over.

Female dentist looking at patient R-ray for Periodontal disease, with text - Fairfield, CAGingivitis and periodontitis are forms of the disease that your dentist may diagnose. Gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems if ignored. It is recognized as the most common cause of tooth loss.

You should begin by looking out for the early signs.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the term your dentist will use to describe the milder form of gum disease or periodontal disease. The term periodontal describes where the disease is found. Literally, around the tooth. Early signs can be seen in the soft tissue of your gums.

If you have swollen gums, bleeding gums, or receding gums then you likely have gingivitis.

There will also be redness in the gum tissue.  Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis which is one of the more serious types of gum diseases and will usually lead to missing teeth.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis affects the gum tissue due to poor oral hygiene.

Bacteria enter and multiply in the pockets between the teeth and gums.

When the bacteria mixes with mucus and other particles it will form plaque and stick to your teeth. You need to remove the plaque through brushing and flossing into the gum line. The plaque will eventually harden into tartar. This triggers a response in the immune system which causes the swelling. The swelling in the gums pulls them away from the teeth, creating larger pockets. The larger pockets allow more bacteria to enter. If this process is left to continue gingivitis leads to the more serious type of gum disease called periodontitis.

How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?

Mild gingivitis can progress into a more serious condition of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is when the stage of the disease reaches the point where the underlying alveolar bone and tissue begin to deteriorate. If left untreated, pocket depth will increase between the gums and teeth as the inflammation increases. The support for the teeth from the bone and surrounding tissue weakens and teeth can become loose or eventually fall out.

How Can I Get Rid of Gum Disease Fast?

Oral Care

Good oral hygiene habits are essential to prevent gum disease. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day to remove the plaque from the surface of your teeth. Use floss at least once a day to get rid of the plaque in between your teeth and gums going up in the gum line. Rinsing the mouth can also help reduce the level of bacteria.

Poor dental hygiene is one of the biggest risk factors in developing gum disease.

See a Dental Professional

If you notice early symptoms of gum disease then make an appointment to see your dentist or dental hygienist. Both can provide treatment to fight against gum disease. For example, dental cleaning can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces.

Home Treatment

There are many gingivitis and periodontitis home remedies. One proven treatment you can try is coconut oil pulling. You basically swish the coconut oil inside your mouth. The lauric acid inside (45-50%) is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

What To Do If You Are Missing Teeth?

If gum disease has caused you to lose teeth and would like to replace them then get in contact with the surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery. They recommend replacing teeth with dental implants. They look and function like natural teeth and contribute to dental health that many other dental replacement options don’t provide. You can find their office in Fairfield, CA providing an ideal location for all patients from Solano County, CA. Book an appointment now to see if dental implants are right for you.

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