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Four effective gingivitis home remedies

Home remedies To avoid developing gum disease, people should treat the symptoms of gingivitis as soon as they notice them. A key sign is gums that bleed regularly when they are brushed or flossed. People can try the following home remedies to treat gingivitis: 1. Saltwater rinse Home remedies for gingivitis include saltwater rinses, making mouthwash from natural ingredients, and oil pulling. Salt water has disinfectant qualities and can help the body to heal. Research has shown that rinsing the mouth with a saltwater solution can relieve inflamed gums caused by gingivitis. To use a saltwater rinse: pour boiling water into a glass and let it cool to lukewarm mix 3/4 tsp of...

Is it possible to prevent gum disease?

Prevention of gingivitis and periodontitis is very simple in most cases. Gum disease is best prevented through proper plaque control. This involves brushing to remove plaque from the outer surfaces of the teeth and flossing to remove food particles and plaque from in between the teeth. Electronic toothbrushes tend to make it easier to remove plaque from some of the harder to reach areas of the mouth. Using a mouthwash after brushing and flossing can also help by reducing the bacteria that cause gingivitis. Besides these basic oral hygiene practices, there are other things that can be done to eliminate the factors that lead to an...

How do health care professionals diagnose gum disease?

The following methods and symptoms and signs are very useful in the diagnosis of gum disease during routine checkups: Measuring the gums: A dentist or dental hygienist will use a periodontal probe to measure the depths of the pockets around all of the teeth in the mouth generally once per calendar year. Healthy gums will have pockets 1 mm-3 mm deep. Beyond that, the deeper the pockets, the more severe the disease. Taking X-rays: Dental X-rays, particularly bitewing X-rays, will help show the level of the underlying bone and whether any bone has been lost to periodontal disease. Examining sensitive teeth: Teeth that have become sensitive around the...

Swollen Gums: Possible Causes and Treatments

Your gums are very important to your oral health. The gums are made of firm, pink tissue that covers your jawbone. This tissue is thick, fibrous, and full of blood vessels. If your gums become swollen, they may protrude or bulge out. Swelling in your gums usually begins where the gum meets the tooth. Your gums may become so swollen, however, that they begin to hide parts of your teeth. Swollen gums appear red instead of their normal pink color. Swollen gums, also called gingival swelling, are often irritated, sensitive, or painful. You may also notice that your gums bleed more easily when brushing or flossing your...

Why Is There Blood On My Toothbrush?

If your gums bleed during brushing it could be a sign of Gum Disease. What Causes Gum Disease (Gingivitis)? Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, but other factors can contribute to periodontal disease, such as: Hormonal changes, like those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, could make oral gums sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop. Long-term illnesses that disrupt the immune system may affect the condition of your gums. Medications can also affect oral health, because some lessen the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on teeth and gums. Some drugs can cause abnormal growth of gum tissue. Yet another...

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease – What is it?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, it is something that everyone has experienced. Signs of inflammation include red, swollen and bleeding gums. Periodontitis on the other hand, can include the signs of gingivitis but the main difference is bone loss. Once bone is lost it can never grow back. Gingivitis can be the first sign of periodontal disease. Possible signs of Periodontal Disease Red, swollen, tender and painful or bleeding gums Gums that have shrunk from the teeth Persistent bad breathA bad taste in the mouth Abscess between teeth and gums Fit of denture has changed Loose teeth, drifting apart of teeth and gaps appearing between teeth Plaque, which is made up of...