How to Treat Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Female doctor looking at a patient's x-rays because of periodontal disease, with text - Pinole Oral Surgery, CAPeriodontal disease or gum disease as it is commonly known can be found in nearly 50% of all American adults, aged 30 and over. If it’s left to develop gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems. Your dentist would confirm that it’s the principal cause of tooth loss.

If your gums are already showing some of the signs then you will likely want to know how to treat it. Let’s start by looking at what the early signs are.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is what dentists refer to as a milder form of gum disease or periodontal disease. The term periodontal literally means around the tooth, so this is where the disease is found. The symptoms include swollen gums, bleeding gums, or receding gums. You will also likely see redness in the gum tissue.  Gingivitis has the possibility of progressing into periodontitis which will usually lead to missing teeth.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis starts to develop in the gum tissue when bacteria are left to multiply. This occurs more often in the pockets between the teeth and gums. Plaque then forms when bacteria combine with mucus and other particles and sticks to the teeth. You can remove the plaque by brushing and flossing into the gum line.

However if left it will harden into tartar. The immune system will attack the harmful bacteria in the tartar and this is what then causes the swelling. Swelling in the gums causes them to pull away from the teeth, enlarging the pockets. This results in further infection as the pockets allow more bacteria to enter. This progression of gingivitis will then eventually lead to another type of gum disease called periodontitis.

How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?

When gingivitis is left untreated the gum disease develops into a more serious condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is the stage at which the disease begins to deteriorate the underlying alveolar bone and tissue. As inflammation increases, the pocket depth increases between the gums and teeth. The support for the teeth is thereby compromised and they can become loose or fall out.

How Can I Get Rid of Gum Disease Fast?

Oral Care

Good oral hygiene practices are essential to prevent gum disease. You should brush your teeth twice a day to remove the plaque from the surface of your teeth. You should also 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.

See a Dental Professional

If gum disease has already started to develop then you should see your dentist or dental hygienist. The dental professional will evaluate the type of treatment and the medications you may need depending on how advanced the disease is. Your dentist may also offer dental cleaning as part of the treatment to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces.

Home Treatment

You could also try one of the proven gingivitis and periodontitis home remedies. One treatment proven to give results is coconut oil pulling. You use the coconut oil to swish 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 Pinole 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 Pinole, CA providing an ideal location for all those living in Contra County. Book an appointment now to see if dental implants are right for you.

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