Gingivitis: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment
Gingivitis means inflammation or swelling of the gums or gum line. It commonly develops because of a film of plaque, or accumulation of bacteria or other pathogens viruses and fungi on the teeth. In some severe cases, it can be as a result of both.
Gingivitis is a type of periodontal disease that is non-destructive, but untreated or lately diagnosed gingivitis can progress to periodontitis (inflammation of the mouth and other structures). Periodontitis is one of the most severe complications of the gingival inflammation that can eventually lead to loss of teeth.
In a majority of cases, gingivitis often resolves with good oral hygiene practices, such as more frequent and more prolonged brushing and flossing. Also, an antiseptic mouthwash may help. In mild cases, patients may not be aware of having it because of its mild signs and symptoms. However, this oral condition should be taken seriously and treated immediately to prevent getting periodontitis or other complications.
Warning Signs and Early symptoms Of Gingivitis (Gum Disease)
Most gingivitis cases are mild and won’t show any apparent signs and symptoms. It can be partially because of common home remedies, food, and even the routine use of toothpaste that contain anti-microbial properties. However, if it develops, you can easily find and treat the problem before it gets dangerous. Here is what to look for;
1Red, swollen gums
In a majority of cases, the first and usual sign of gingival inflammation is the redness of your gum and surrounding areas. However, as most inflammatory gum diseases typically start with inflammation or swelling along the gum lines, it’s hard to differentiate whether gingivitis or some other condition causes it.
Look for red, swollen gums in the mirror and treat it as gingivitis, using some of the effective remedies we are going to describe in the next section. If it remains untreated, consult your doctor or dentist for expert advice.