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Keep Gum Inflammation at Bay

Improper dental hygiene can lead to gingivitis – a gum disease – which if not treated on time can lead to teeth loss

Keep Gum Inflammation at Bay

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Dec 2022 11:33 AM GMT


Tartar is a plaque. Too much plaque can harden into tartar and attract bacteria. Tartar hinders plaque clearance, shields microorganisms, and irritates gums and tissues. A dentist can eliminate tartar.Inflamed plaque and tartar produce gingivitis, which inflame the gums around the teeth.

Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes gum irritation, redness, and swelling. It is also known as gingival hyperplasia.

Gingivitis can be avoided by thoroughly cleaning one's teeth after each meal with a combination of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with warm, salted water. Gingivitis requires prompt and thorough treatment in order to be resolved.

Gingivitis is a precursor to periodontitis, which can result in the loss of teeth.

Gingivitis is typically brought on by improper oral hygiene. Gingivitis can be avoided and even treated by practising good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and maintaining regular visits to the dentist.


Gingivitis symptoms include puffy gums, gums that are readily inflamed and bleed when brushed or flossed,bad breath; receding gums; tender gums


Plaque on teeth and inflamed gums from a lack of dental care cause gingivitis.

Plaque sticks to teeth and gets infected by bacteria. It forms on teeth when carbohydrates, sugars, and oral microbes interact. Daily plaque removal is required.

Tartar is a plaque. Too much plaque can harden into tartar and attract bacteria. Tartar hinders plaque clearance, shields microorganisms, and irritates gums and tissues. A dentist can eliminate tartar.

Inflamed plaque and tartar produce gingivitis, which inflames the gums around the teeth. Gums expand and bleed slowly. Caries may result. Untreated gingivitis causes tooth loss.


It is possible to reverse the symptoms of gingivitis and prevent the progression of gum disease and the loss of teeth if it is detected and treated in a timely manner. Gingivitis can also be prevented. When you quit smoking and maintain excellent dental hygiene, you improve your treatment outcomes.

The following are some of the components that are included in the professional treatment of gingivitis:

Dental hygiene is performed by a trained professional. Scaling and root planing are going to be components of the first professional cleaning that are done for your teeth. Plaque and tartar, as well as the waste products of bacterial activity, are removed. The removal of tartar and bacteria from teeth and gums is the objective of the scaling procedure. Root planing involves the removal of bacterial by-products that cause inflammation, the smoothing of root surfaces to reduce the growth of tartar and bacteria, and the promotion of healing.

If necessary, restorative dental operations will be performed. Your gums may become irritated if you have dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or types of crowns that do not fit properly, making it more difficult to remove plaque when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. In the event that gingivitis was caused in part by your teeth or dental restorations, your dentist may recommend that you have them fixed.

Gingivitis can be cured by a professional cleaning in the majority of cases; however, this is only possible if the patient also engages in appropriate oral hygiene at home. Your dentist will create a home care plan for you as well as a schedule for regular examinations and cleanings.

Your gum tissue should be pink and healthy within a few days to a few weeks if you are diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene at home. This should happen anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

There are some home do's and don'ts that can prevent and reverse gingivitis.

These include:

• Brush your teethat least twice a day, after meals and snacks,.

• Soft-bristled toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months. Remove plaque and tartar with an electric toothbrush.

• Flossing daily.

• Antibacterial mouthwash removes plaque between teeth.

• In addition to flossing and brushing, use a dental pick, interdental brush, or dental stick.

• Dentist-recommended dental cleanings

• Keep your mouth tobacco-free

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