|The Wisdom Tooth|
|Friday, 20 April 2012 11:09|
More than 75% of Americans experience gingivitis at some level!Gingivitis, simply speaking, is gum disease in its mild form. Gingivitis is when the gums become inflamed and change color from the normal pink to red. The change of color is accompanied by bleeding, swelling, tenderness of the gums, and persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth. These symptoms occur when bacteria or plaque accumulate along the gum line.
Plaque is a sticky substance that consists of bacteria, food debris and mucous. This material develops on the surfaces of our teeth that are exposed. If the plaque accumulates, it will mineralize and turn into tartar, a hard white substance that will form around the base of the teeth. The plaque and tartar inflame the gums causing gingivitis.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please consult your dentist immediately! Mild gingivitis, can progress into moderate, and severe gingivitis, which can result in periodontitis.
Brush regularly, at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Brush with a soft bristle toothbrush. Move the brush in small circular movements along the gum line and chewing surfaces of your teeth. A power toothbrush may make brushing easier and more efficient. Flossing every day is also an important part of your dental hygiene. Visit your dentist every three to six months for professional cleanings and checkups.
If you are diagnosed with gingivitis, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics as well as an oral rinse, in addition to treating you in the office.
Dr. Sharon Robinson, DDS may be reached at 954-792-1857. The Dental Place is located at 6738 W Sunrise Blvd, #105, Plantation, Fl. 33313. You may also visit her website at www.dentalplace4u.com