What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is one of the most common conditions our team sees and treats. Simply put, in its earlier stages, gingivitis is the buildup of plaque, which causes inflamed gums that generally bleed even when performing acts as simple as brushing your teeth. Though gingivitis is reversible, the truth is, if you do not act fast, it can progress to periodontitis, or gum disease, which is a far more serious problem. This may eventually lead to tooth decay, serious damage to the bones and tissues in your mouth, and more. Do not let gingivitis get to this stage. Below, we have answered some of the most common questions relating to gingivitis so you can have the healthy smile you deserve.

How do you fix gingivitis?

Just as gingivitis is oftentimes a symptom of poor oral hygiene, it can usually be just as easily reversed by thorough dental hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, using the mouthwash that your dentist recommends, and visiting your dentist once, preferably twice a year, to name a few things. Additionally, you should limit your sugar intake, ensure your toothbrush has soft bristles, and, rather obviously, refrain from smoking or using any other tobacco product, as they are horrible for your overall dental health.

In many cases, it cannot hurt to try a saltwater treatment as well, provided your dentist gives you the “ok” to do so. Generally, all you have to do is add a little less than a teaspoon of salt to a glass of room temperature water, swish around for about 30 seconds, and spit it out. You may do this for up to three times per day. Generally, people have remarked that saltwater treatments help soothe the gums and reduce the total amount of bacteria in your mouth (which, notably, also reduces bad breath).

How long does it take to get rid of gingivitis?

Fortunately, you can reverse the symptoms of your gingivitis within two weeks, as long as you take good care of your mouth and follow the aforementioned instructions. There are few things more important than your dental health, so if you feel any serious discomfort, you should make an appointment with an experienced dental team who truly cares about you and your needs.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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