How your dentists in Lansing, MI, can help treat gingivitis
Do you make sure to always brush twice daily, as well as floss at least once each day? If you do, that’s great—you are doing what you need to do to prevent gingivitis. However, sometimes even the most diligent brushers fall prey to this condition. Fortunately, your dentists are here to help! Read on to learn how Dr. Michael B. Hutcheson and Dr. Laura J. Dyras at Dyras Dental in Lansing, MI, offer effective ways to treat gingivitis and periodontal disease.
More about gingivitis
Gingivitis is actually another term for gum inflammation, and it is caused by bacteria in the plaque that forms on your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss, the plaque stays put, producing toxins that are strong enough to eat through your tooth enamel. In turn, this causes decay, gum inflammation, and, eventually, gum disease.
You may have gingivitis if you notice:
- Red and bleeding gum tissue
- Puffy and swollen gum tissue
- Painful gums when you chew
- Chronic bad breath and a sour taste
Fortunately, gingivitis is completely reversible if you start an excellent program of oral hygiene. To achieve this, you need to:
- Brush after meals and before bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush; Use a gentle, circular motion to clean all surfaces of your teeth, and along the gumline. You can also brush your tongue, which is a common place for plaque to hide. A sonic or electric toothbrush is helpful too.
- Floss at least once each day. Wrap around the surface of each tooth as you floss in between. This helps to keep the floss next to the tooth surface as you clean. Floss picks are helpful if you have dexterity issues or arthritis.
- Visit your dentist at least yearly for a dental examination and x-rays. Visit your dental hygienist at least every six months for a professional cleaning, or every three to four months if you have periodontal disease.
If you let gingivitis go untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease, a condition which can’t be reversed—it can only be managed. Periodontal disease is developed once the bacteria has begun to destroy the bone and ligaments that support your teeth. Your teeth can become loose, and you may even eventually lose them.
Concerned? Give us a call
Don’t let gingivitis go untreated—seek out help from the experts. Dial (517) 485-1900 to set up an appointment with Dr. Michael B. Hutcheson or Dr. Laura J. Dyras at Dyras Dental in Lansing, MI, today!