Can I relieve gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a common condition, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the symptoms and hope they go away. Preventing and improving the discomfort associated with gingivitis begins with understanding the condition, for more information on gingivitis symptoms and causes, click here.
Gingivitis usually shows up in the form of gum inflammation. Symptoms can include: gums that are red, tender, or swollen; bleeding during brushing or flossing; pain when chewing; or general sensitivity.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then the good news is that there are ways to relieve gingivitis and prevent it from occurring again. You should speak to your dentist to find the best gingivitis treatment and relief for you – to learn more about the options available, read on.
Gingivitis & your health
As you may have guessed, oral hygiene plays a major role in preventing and managing gingivitis. Brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and gentle toothpaste such as Zendium, as well as flossing daily will help you to maintain a healthy mouth.
As well as a good oral health routine, it’s important to remember that your overall health impacts the delicate balance of your oral health, too. For instance, did you know that smoking and uncontrolled diabetes also take a toll on your mouth? The more stress you put on your immune system, the more likely it is that you will experience some oral health problems.
Looking after your general health, for example – quitting smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, or going to the doctors for a diabetes test, can also help you to care for your mouth.
It’s important to remember that your overall health impacts the delicate balance of your oral health.
What are my options to treat gingivitis?
There’s no gingivitis cure for all – the treatment your dentist recommends will depend on the severity of your gingivitis. If the gingivitis becomes irreversible, the following includes some treatment routes your dentist may suggest:
- Professional teeth cleaning: The goal of this method is to manually remove the plaque and tartar from teeth below and above the gum line. The advantage of seeing your dentist is immediately revealed – you can’t exactly brush above your gum line at home! This option is non-surgical and is the most common solution when it comes to managing the pain and discomfort associated with gingivitis.
- Medications: If the gums are so inflamed that a thorough cleaning alone won’t solve the problem, your dentist may also suggest some medication such as, mouthwash or antibiotics. The goal is always to improve, prevent, and relieve gingivitis so do consider what your dentist suggests as the best option for you.
- Surgery: By far the most advanced form of gingivitis treatment, surgery may be the fastest way to prevent further damage. This form of gingival inflammation treatment requires a professional and will only be used in severe circumstances. While surgery may seem like an unexpected form of treatment for gums, remember that, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and, eventually, tooth loss.
Now that you know there are options available if you find yourself wondering how to cure gingivitis, you can focus on prevention.
Try Zendium toothpaste, developed specially for people with gum problems. It contains the same enzymes and proteins as the mouth, and is clinically proven to fight the causes of gum bleeding and inflammation, giving you healthy gums** and a more resilient mouth, naturally. Ask your dentist for their suggestions on brushing and flossing techniques. They can offer bespoke solutions to keep your mouth and gums healthy, but in the meantime, ensure you are keeping up with your daily routine to keep gingivitis at bay.
*Based on research with 2,449 people, representative of the French population, about their oral hygiene. Research conducted by TNS in 2014.
**Based on results in 113 people who used Zendium, in a gum health clinical study, UK 2017.