Taking medication that lessens saliva flow. Saliva is what keeps our mouth hygienic, so taking medication that lessens the saliva in your mouth will contribute to gum disease development.
Genetics. A person who has a family history of gum disease is more likely to develop gingivitis themselves.
During a visit to the dentist, the following diagnoses may occur:
- Examination of gums for possible inflammation and swelling.
- Testing for “pocket depth.” This refers to the checking and measurement of any pockets or sockets around your teeth, checking if they are within the correct depth of 1 to 3 millimeters.
- Identifying factors that risk gum diseases, usually done by probing your medical history.
Prevention and Treatment of Gingivitis
Depending on what your dentist recommends, brushing your teeth daily for two minutes twice a day, accompanied by flossing will greatly reduce the risk of gingivitis. Developing healthy dental habits and care is key to prevent any further bacteria build-up and gingivitis causes and effects.
Moreover, having regular dentist appointments is necessary for mouth cleaning (usually occurs every six to 12 months), evaluating the situation of your gums and possible factors of gum disease development.
Misconceptions and Myths
Despite being such a common gum disease, only around three percent of people with confirmed cases seek out actual medical help. A cause of the lack of treatment in patients may be connected to lack of correct understanding of oral hygiene habits and essential oral health.
The following are incorrect myths and beliefs people hold regarding oral health:
- Gingivitis can only be caused by poor oral hygiene
Many factors can come into play that could increase the risk of gum disease and not just poor dental hygiene alone. These may include tobacco consumption, genetics, and gum health.
- Hard brushing should be applied in painful, bleeding areas
Brushing too hard will wear out the enamel, the outer cover of teeth, and damage gums. Short strokes and scrubbing motions will suffice, applying the right pressure to feel the bristles along your gums.
- Bleeding gums is not a big deal.
Reddish, swollen gums prone to bleeding is a clear sign of gum disease. A visit to a dental professional is a must to have your overall gum health evaluated.
Gingivitis is fairly common in adults and can be developed by plaque accumulation. It has many risk factors, but it can be easily remedied by adopting proper oral hygiene, as well as having regular trips to the dentist. Understanding proper dental care by correcting misconceptions will also aid in its prevention.
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