Gingivitis Treatment: Can You Permanently Cure Gingivitis?
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Table of Contents
- Reversing Gingivitis
- Professional Treatment
- Ongoing Care at Home
When caught before it becomes periodontal disease, gingivitis can often be completely reversed. If you keep up with good dental hygiene, gingivitis can be cured, so it does not come back.
Treatment for gingivitis starts at the dentist office with a professional teeth cleaning that uses specialized tools to remove the plaque from your teeth. Tartar buildup on your teeth can only be completely removed by a dental professional.
After dental professionals remove the plaque from your teeth, if you keep up with good dental hygiene such as regular brushing and flossing, gingivitis can usually clear up in a few weeks. With continuing care, it can be permanently cured.
Gum disease is a serious condition that impacts nearly half of all adults in the United States over the age of 30. It can cause you to lose teeth by breaking down tissue and bone that supports them. This happens when tartar, which can stick to the teeth after eating, builds up and hardens, eventually causing the gums to pull away from the teeth.
Plaque can build up on your teeth and cause the gums to become inflamed. This is gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and it is frequently completely reversible. If your gums are red and swollen, you may have early-stage gingivitis. The earlier you treat it, the better the long-term outcome. The first step is to see a dental professional.
Gingivitis needs to be diagnosed by a dental professional and initially treated at a dental office. The dentist and dental hygienist will do a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. They will also examine your teeth for any irregularities or other issues.
When the plaque is calcified on the teeth, the dental professionals will use specialized tools to scale your teeth. One of these tools is manual and looks like a hook. It can be used to scale the tartar from the surface of your teeth up under your gum line. An ultrasonic scaling device can also help to break up these particles.
A deeper cleaning, called root planing, can also help to reduce the inflammation in your gums by smoothing out root surfaces through scaling. This can allow your gums to heal and better reattach to your teeth. A deep cleaning of your teeth by dental professionals can help to treat, reverse, and cure gingivitis.
Ongoing Care at Home
To permanently reverse and cure gingivitis, you will need to keep up with good oral hygiene, which includes the following:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after each meal.
- Use a fluoride or anti-tartar/anti-plaque toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.
- Stop using tobacco, if you do.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash every day.
- Consider a water flosser to remove food debris from in between your teeth and under your gums.
- Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months.
If you are especially prone to gingivitis, you may need more frequent professional cleanings. Infections, pregnancy, illness, and the use of certain medications can increase your risk for gingivitis. This means you may need additional cleanings and more intensive at-home care to keep tartar at bay. A dental professional can show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly.
Maintaining good oral hygiene can help to prevent gingivitis in the first place and keep it from recurring. In its early stages, gingivitis can usually be completely reversed and even cured. With continued vigilance, it won’t return.
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