During plaque buildup, gum inflammation results, resulting in gingivitis. There are many treatments for Gingivitis, and the best one for you depends on your condition’s severity and your personal preferences.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. The gums are the tissues that cover and attach to the teeth. Gingivitis is most common in adults over age 30, although it can occur at any age. It’s caused by bacteria that eat away at the gum tissue. Gingivitis may lead to tooth decay and other problems if left untreated. You can do several things to reduce your chances of getting Gingivitis: brush and floss regularly, avoid smoking, drink plenty of water, and eat a healthy diet. If you do develop Gingivitis, see your dentist for help. They may prescribe antibiotics or mouthwash to treat the infection.
Causes Of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a disease of the gums and surrounding tissues. The cause is unknown, but it may be caused by the oral bacteria that feed upon the food particles stuck between the teeth in the mouth. There are various types of Gingivitis, including acute, chronic, recurrent, and Pemphigus Gingivalis. Gingivitis can lead to tooth decay and oral cancer.
Acute Gingivitis is caused by a viral infection (such as herpes simplex virus) or by a bacterial infection (such as Streptococcus mutans). Acute Gingivitis usually lasts three to four weeks and is characterized by swollen, red lips and gums, pain when biting down, and fever. Chronic Gingivitis is caused by plaque buildup on the tooth surfaces. This plaque can be formed from bacteria, saliva, food particles, or tobacco smoke.
Chronic Gingivitis may develop gradually over time or rapidly following an acute Gingivitis episode. Symptoms of chronic Gingivitis include toothache, tenderness around the teeth, difficulty chewing food properly due to pain in the jawbone area, yellowish brown discolouration of the teeth surface due to accumulation of plaque, and swollen tongue roots.
Recurrent Gingivitis occurs when gingivitis symptoms flare up again after at least six months.
Pemphigus Gingivalis is a rare form of gum inflammation that can spread to the underlying bone.
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Gingivitis Risk Factors
There are many risk factors for Gingivitis, but some of the most common include the following:
Poor oral hygiene habits
Frequent mouthwash use and not brushing your teeth enough
Eating sugary foods and drinks.
Poor blood flow to the gums due to diabetes or other medical conditions
Oral Rinse Treatment For Gingivitis
If you are experiencing Gingivitis, the best action is to see your dentist. However, a few alternative oral rinse treatments may be more beneficial for you. One such treatment is using an oral rinse called Acticin. This rinse aids in the healing of gingival tissues and helps to reduce inflammation. Another oral rinse available on the market is Listerine. Listerine has been shown to kill bacteria and fungi that can cause Gingivitis and reduce inflammation and pain.