Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease caused by bacterial infection from plaque and tartar build-up. This is often triggered by neglecting to floss daily and brush morning and night. Flossing is necessary to clean excess food particles and the tight spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t possibly reach.
Gingivitis is easiest to treat if addressed immediately; however, untreated gums can lead to tooth or bone loss, so it’s important that if you experience any of the below symptoms, you address them immediately:
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling gums
- Red gums
- Pain around the teeth and gums
- Receding gums (if you notice they are pulling away from your teeth)
- Recurring bad breath
If you’re suffering from oral pain due to gingivitis, the following can be used as remedies to temporarily soothe your discomfort:
- Rinse with salt and water: These are natural ingredients that will help ease your teeth and gum pain, as well as reduce your risk of infection. Just rinse half a teaspoon of sea salt with warm water as often as you’d like. It will give you some temporarily relief, and in the long term, make it harder for bacteria to survive inside your mouth.
- Floss and brush twice a day: These fast, simple routines are important for recovery, for maintaining your oral health, and for preventing future diseases from developing.
- Go see a dentist. If your gums continue to be inflamed, book the first available appointment. You will likely be prescribed proper medication for treatment.
If you think you’re showing signs of gingivitis, it’s crucial that you treat it straightaway or else risk the disease evolving into periodontitis—a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. To consult a dentist, book an appointment with us at Tooth Works Dentistry.