Looking for information on how to treat gingivitis? If you are not familiar with what gingivitis is, gingivitis is a gum disease. Generally speaking, gingivitis is considered to be a mild gum disease. Symptoms that are often associated with gingivitis include bad breath, swollen gums, tender gums, and soft gums. You may also notice that the color of your gums changes to a dusky red and that your gums bleed during brushing or flossing.
To treat gingivitis, you will need to:
- Visit a dentist
- Get your teeth cleaned
- Brush, floss, and use an antiseptic mouth rinse
- Visit A Dentist. If you believe that you have gingivitis, you will need to visit a dentist. A dentist will be able to examine your mouth and tongue to confirm that you have gingivitis.
- Teeth Cleaning. While you are at the dentist, your dentist will likely want to clean your teeth if you have gingivitis. When your dentist cleans your teeth, he or she will remove all plaque and tarter from your teeth. If you have a lot of plaque and tarter build up in your mouth, the cleaning process may be uncomfortable for you.
- Mouth Maintenance. To treat gingivitis, you will need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should use a toothpaste that specifically mentions that it can treat gingivitis. After you brush your teeth, you should also follow up with an antiseptic mouth rinse. Depending on how bad your gingivitis is, your dentist should recommend to you how often you should floss.
- As long as you maintain good oral hygiene at home, your gingivitis should clear up within days or weeks following your tooth cleaning.