Gingivitis will affect around 90 per cent of the adult population at one time or another. It is a dental condition that leads to bad breath, swollen and painful gums and can, if left untreated, lead to tooth loss and more serious gum and periodontal disease. The good news however, is that if you have good oral hygiene, you can stop the condition from ever occurring.
There are two essential parts to the gingivitis prevention game – good oral hygiene at home on a daily basis and regular cleans and check ups at your dentist. Visiting your regular dentist twice a year for a clean and check up is very important as they are able to remove the harder plaque, which can cause gingivitis and be on the lookout for its symptoms.
If you back track a little, gingivitis is caused by a build up of plaque. Plaque is caused by a build up of bacteria in your mouth and good dental health practices prevent bacteria from building up. Ergo, if you practice good dental hygiene at home you can stop the source of gingivitis and prevent the condition from ever taking hold in your mouth.
By brushing your teeth twice a day, using a good mouthwash and flossing you can keep the bacteria build up at bay. You may never have to experience gingivitis if you can maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine throughout your life.
Dentists recommend that you brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once, before you brush. Rinsing with a mouthwash that is designed to kill both bacteria and germs is important, as well. Mouthwash is especially important because it reaches below the gum line, where neither your toothbrush nor your dental floss can reach.
Commercial pastes and rinses are the most commonly used simply because they are the most readily available. However, natural choices are often much better as they do not contain alcohol or detergent agents which can be allergens. Many of the natural products are based on mint oil. This is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredient, which is perfect for treating and preventing gingivitis when used as a paste or rinse.
If you are careful to use the best available products to look after your teeth and gums, then you have a very good chance of completely avoiding gingivitis altogether. By understanding how to prevent the condition and ensuring that you are consistent with your oral hygiene, you will enjoy excellent overall dental health.