In our article today we will treat a very common disease of which many people suffer, especially adults: the gum disease gingivitis.
What is gingivitis?
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Gingivitis is a periodontal or gum disease which results in the inflammation of our gums. The infection of our gums can be reversed, if caught in time. It is very common that the gum of affected people reddens and swells, and it can even bleed when brushing their teeth or eating. The best way to prevent the onset of gingivitis is by maintaining a proper dental hygiene, at home and by receiving regularly professional hygiene by a dentist.
Brushing our teeth every time after eating, flossing and using mouthwash are vital for a decent oral hygiene. Besides, it can eliminate the plaque filled with bacteria which is present in our mouth. But as said, we cannot always treat gingivitis by ourselves. If detected late, gingivitis can only treated by a professional. In advanced cases, surgery is necessary as the bone got affected by the bacteria.
Symptoms of gingivitis
If you are not sure if you are suffering from gingivitis, check if you are familiar with one of the most common symptoms. The gum appears more reddened and it can also be painful when you touch it. The gums can be also retracted, exposing the dental root.
Another typical symptom is that small bags are formed in the interdental space between the teeth. This is where the food accumulated and bacteria pockets are formed and infect the gum. Halitosis or bad breath will be a common result.
How to prevent gingivitis
In our dental clinic in Malaga our dentists always remind our patients to visit us regularly every six months for a check-up. The best way to prevent gingivitis is to brush your teeth every time after eating, and to floss and mouthwash. Apart of this, a visit at the dentist every six month is vital, as gingivitis can also can be inherited or occur due to diabetes or other diseases. It is also important to receive regularly cleanings at the dentist, as during a professional hygiene the dentist removes all the plaque on and between your teeth which you can remove with a toothbrush by yourself.
Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, and avoid tobacco and alcohol can also prevent gingivitis. Using dental irrigators will also help you to eliminate the plaque remaining on your teeth.
Home Remedies for Gingivitis
Apart from the gingivitis treatment which you can receive from our dental clinic Malaga, there are also home remedies which you can apply if you suffer from gingivitis in an early stage.
The food rests as well as the bacteria present in our mouth degrade over time and this is why sodium bicarbonate is an excellent natural remedy to neutralize all acids.
Baking soda for gingivitis
Just pick up some hydrogen peroxide and add a teaspoon of baking soda. You will see that if you mix well the two compositions, you will receive a paste. This paste you should apply directly to your affected gums and perform a gentle massage. Doing this for a couple minutes, and rinsing afterwards your mouth with water are enough. You should repeat this procedure at least three times a week.
This plant has many benefits for our health and is valid as a remedy against the inflammation of our gums which produces gingivitis. To use it as a remedy, you need to take an aloe vera leaf and remove the pulp it has. You use the gel which will be left and apply it on your gums with soft circular movements. Repeat this three times a week to see a difference.
Turmeric / Curcuma for gingivitis
This tropical plant is a good ally, as it has high doses of antioxidant properties and, especially, anti-inflammatory properties. To use it, you must take half a glass of water and add a tablespoon of turmeric powder. Mix everything well to get a paste. Massage your affected gums with this paste and let it rest for about 4-5 minutes. Then rinse your mouth with water, and repeat this procedure 3 more times a week to see an improvement.
This aromatic plant can be use as a home remedy to fight gingivitis, too. To use it, prepare a tea using a glass of boiling water and a couple tablespoons of thyme. Let the water cool, and rinse your mouth couple of times with this tea. Repeat it couple of times per week.