Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, can indeed be reversed in a matter of weeks when proper care is taken. If gingivitis is not taken care of though, it will advance to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that will eventually shrink gums and loosen teeth.
Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria in our mouth that secrete a sticky white substance on our teeth and gums, known as plaque. Plaque breaks down gum tissue, and if left alone for a few days, will harden into tartar (which can only be removed by a professional). Tartar is the culprit that causes the inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of the gums when you have gingivitis.
To fight gingivitis, brushing will have to be increased to at least two or three times a day using toothpaste with fluoride. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to make sure you don’t damage gums further. Also be sure to brush your tongue and the sides of your oral cavity, to make sure you remove food debris and bacteria not on your teeth.
Flossing regularly becomes a must to eliminate gingivitis quickly by removing plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline. Flossing before brushing also aids in allowing the fluoride from the toothpaste to get in between your teeth as well.
A diet rich in vitamin C and D can also help speed up the recovery process. Cranberry juice also is recommended, as it has antibacterial properties that benefit the mouth.
Again, tartar removal can only be done by a professional.
At Noble Smile, we offer comprehensive periodontal treatment to ensure your smile is as healthy as possible. Schedule your appointment online, or call our office if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.