Maybe your tongue brushing against the inside of your mouth has picked up some sensitivity or you’ve noticed some blood in the basin when you rinse. Both of these symptoms could indicate the presence of gingivitis. And if you’d like to know how to treat gingivitis, you will need to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Gum disease treatment is aimed at stopping the infection from progressing and usually requires a combination of deep cleaning, scaling, or planing to remove the infection. In cases where a severe infection is present antibiotics may also be required. The most important thing to remember is that you need to have professional treatment. Home treatments may help you manage your symptoms but you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and this means that you have an infection in your gums. If your gingivitis is left untreated the condition will progress into periodontitis, which is when the infection moves below your gum and into the bone below it.
It’s important to note that not all gum disease presents with symptoms. In many cases gum disease can be present and silent. Because of the association between heart disease, cancer and diabetes and gum disease, as well as the damage that periodontitis can cause, it’s essential to treat yourself as soon as possible.
What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Gum Disease?
Swollen, red gums
Red, swollen or bleeding gums are the first sign that an infection is present. They might feel more sensitive than usual and bleed when you brush or floss.
The presence of bacteria from a gum infection can result in bad breath.
If you think your teeth are longer and you have one or two other symptoms it is quite possible that your gums are shrinking from an infection.
How To Treat Gingivitis?
The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed. Professional treatment is your first defence and is targeted to stop the development of the infection. Your dentist will perform an initial investigation to see how far your gingivitis has progressed before recommending a course of treatment.
Your dentist might scale your gums to get rid of the tartar and plaque build up.
Sometimes root planing is required. This is when surface of the roots are smoothed out and the bacteria removed, so that your gums can reattach to your teeth. Planing is usually recommended when you have bone loss and your dentist needs to do a thorough and deep clean. Scaling and planing can both be uncomfortable when your gums are sensitive so chat to your dentist if this is a concern. Depending on the extent of your gum infection it might be necessary for you to return for a few treatments. Scaling and planning prevent gum disease from progressing and ultimately prevent tooth loss.
Oral medicine and antibiotics for gum disease
Sometimes medication is necessary to treat gum disease and eliminate bacteria from your mouth. If your infection is severe your dentist may prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics will not be enough to manage the infection alone, but oral medication may be prescribed to complement the work your dentist is doing to treat your gums.
Stop Gum Disease From Recurring
Once your dentist has helped you treat your gingivitis you do need to improve your dental hygiene to ensure your mouth stays free of gum disease. This means brushing and flossing twice per day, as well as regular visits to the dentist so that you can catch an infection before it develops into something more serious. Your dentist might even recommend brushing after every meal to prevent another infection. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help to soothe your gums and remove any build up that brushing and flossing leaves behind. Your dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash for you to use going forward. Still have questions about how to get rid of gingivitis? Early detection and professional treatment is essential to prevent its progression. Contact our practice to speak to a professional: (02) 8188 4625.