Inflamed gums (gingivitis)

Are your gums nice and pink and never bleed? Then you have healthy gums! Unfortunately, this is not the case for most people. Read below what the characteristics of gingivitis are, what the causes are and what can be done to cure and prevent it.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a common and mild gum disease that causes the gums to swell and sometimes bleed. A bad taste or bad breath is also common. It is a mild condition and does not always have to be painful, so you may sometimes not even notice that you have it. However, if gingivitis is neglected it can lead to serious gum disease (periodontitis) and eventually even tooth loss. It’s easy to forget about taking care of your gums, but if you want to keep your teeth beautiful and keep your own teeth for as long as possible, you need to take a close look at your dental care. Brushing your teeth alone is not enough. Read on to find out how to cure and prevent gingivitis.

What are the causes of gingivitis?

Gingivitis is caused by poor oral hygiene. Not brushing or brushing too little can cause plaque to harden into tartar. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky layer of bacteria that covers the teeth as a barely visible film. If you do not brush your teeth regularly, plaque will calcify into tartar that adheres to your teeth. This often happens at the edge of the gums.

How do you get rid of gingivitis?

Floss daily

It is recommended to floss at least once a day to remove food particles stuck between your teeth. Remember to floss gently and don’t do it in a rush. If you drag the floss against the gums with too much pressure, it can cause significant bleeding. After flossing, rinse your mouth with water.

Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth after flossing. Brush at least twice a day, or better yet, brush after every meal (wait half an hour). Brushing with an electric toothbrush is recommended because it does not apply too much pressure and the gums are properly massaged. Don’t forget to replace the toothbrush or brush head in time. At least once every three months. Also scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper or the back of your toothbrush.

Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
An antibacterial mouthwash (e.g. Corsodyl) can help you get rid of gingivitis. It kills the bacteria in your mouth, preventing plaque and tartar buildup. It is best to first ask your dentist whether antibacterial rinses are suitable for you.

Have dental repairs done

If crowns, implants, etc. do not fit properly, they can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis. Make an appointment with your dentist and have the problems corrected.

Professional cleaning of the teeth

If there is already a buildup of tartar on your teeth, manual brushing will not help remove it. Make an appointment with a dental hygienist to have your teeth properly cleaned. The dental hygienist has the right tools to do this. After a thorough cleaning, the gingivitis can be treated. However, this is only possible if you take good care of your mouth at home. Ask your dental hygienist or dentist about the best way to brush and floss.