This article explains the treatment of gingivitis, symptoms and causes. The teeth are very important structures that play a vital role in breaking down food before it enters the digestive tract. Each tooth is firmly held in place by the gum, and sometimes these gums may become infected which results in damage or loss of a tooth. One of the common gum infections is gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums (gingiva) which is caused by a build-up of bacteria or a layer of plaque on the lining between the gum and tooth. It is a type of non-destructive periodontal disease that damages the gums and could result in bleeding while brushing. Gingivitis could lead to very serious complications such as periodontitis that causes the loss of teeth.
There are two main types of gingivitis, these are; plaque-induced gingivitis: caused by plaques, medications or malnutrition, and non-plaque induced gingivitis: which is caused by a specific bacterium, virus or fungus, wounds and allergic reactions can also be responsible.
Bacteria responsible for plaques occur naturally in the mouth and they can help to prevent the introduction of other harmful microorganisms, but poor dental hygiene can result in an accumulation of the bacteria which leads to the formation of plaques that can then cause tooth decay and periodontal problems such as gingivitis.
Mild cases of gingivitis usually do not show any discomfort or noticeable symptoms, but as the condition progresses it shows certain symptoms such as; tender and painful gums, red or purple-coloured gums, swollen gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, bad breath and receding gums.
Some common causes of plaque include the following:
Bacterial plaque: The most common cause of gingivitis is the accumulation of bacterial plaque between and around the teeth which causes an immune response. As antibodies attack the bacterial plaques, it also leads to the degradation of the gum, making it become irritated and bleed easily.
Drugs: There are certain medications that may cause non-plaque induced gingivitis. Common examples are anticonvulsants and some anti-angina that may cause abnormal growth of gum tissue.
Malnutrition: A healthy diet will ensure healthy gums and overall good dental health. One of the signs of malnutrition is loose gums that result in gingivitis and loss of teeth.
Smoking: There is a higher chance for regular smokers to develop gingivitis; this is due to the harmful effect of nicotine and other toxic chemicals, which degrades the gum resulting in gingivitis and other dental problems.
Age: Although younger people can be affected, older adults are at a higher risk of developing gingivitis as the strength and elasticity of gum tissues declines naturally with age.
Family history: Research has shown that individuals with parents who have gingivitis are likely to also develop the condition. This is mainly due to the type of bacteria that is passed on during childhood.
Health condition: Certain diseases such as diabetes, cancer and HIV, which weakens the body’s immune system provides a conducive environment for the development of plaques and gingivitis.
Gingivitis should be treated promptly as delays might lead to loss of teeth. Some effective treatment of gingivitis include the following:
• Good oral hygiene: If detected early, mild gingivitis can be properly treated by engaging good oral hygiene like brushing twice in a day, flossing at least once, regular use of antiseptic mouthwash. Avoid smoking and highly sugary foods that increase the risk of plaques.
• Scaling: This involves a professional dental procedure where special equipment is used for the removal of plaques and tartar.
• Herbal supplements: A range of herbal supplements are available for treatment of gingivitis and maintaining healthy tooth and gum.
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