Do you often complain of swollen gums? Do your gums bleed after brushing and flossing? There will be times when your gums will hurt usually from brushing too hard with your toothbrush but if you experience it more often, and your gums look redder than it normally is, then you might be suffering from gingivitis.  Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that causes your gingiva, the part of your gums that surrounds the teeth, to be irritated and inflamed. 

What causes gingivitis?

There are several reasons why a person will suffer from gingivitis. Here is a list of causes that may increase your risk of having gingivitis:

  • Smoking
  • Older age
  • Dry mouth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Improper dental restorations
  • Crooked teeth that make it difficult to clean

Gingivitis is not a life-threatening condition and it can be prevented from getting serious. Is gingivitis reversible? Yes, you can reverse gingivitis and the faster you act on the first signs of gingivitis, the better it is for you. The sooner you seek dental care, the better your chances of getting your gingivitis treated. 

How can you reverse it?

Apart from visiting your dentist and seeking dental treatment, there are ways on how you can avoid or reverse gingivitis. Good oral hygiene is necessary to reverse any gum diseases – including gingivitis. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily can keep the bacteria from building up, which can lead to gum irritation. Make sure your toothbrush is functional, so replace it regularly so it can clean your teeth more effectively.

You can also do water therapy. Saliva can help in washing away bacteria from your teeth and gums. You should drink plenty of water – at least 8 glasses of water every day. With this, you are not just hydrating yourself, but you are also keeping your gums healthy. If you suffer from dry mouth, use sugarless lozenges and chew gum to stimulate saliva. The more saliva you produce, the better it is for you. 

You can also do some home remedies which are very easy to do such as doing mouthwash. Instead of buying expensive mouthwash, try making your own. You can do lemongrass oil mouthwash, aloe Vera mouthwash, tea tree oil mouthwash or sage mouthwash. These ingredients are known to contain antibacterial properties. However, make sure first that you are not allergic to any of the ingredient before using them to prevent problems in the future.

When should I see a dentist?

It is important to seek your dentist’s attention the moment you realize your condition is more serious than treating it with your DIY skills. You need to see your dentist right away, especially if you start experiencing severe tooth pain, extreme bad breath, bleeding gums that happens frequently and your gums got extremely swollen that you can’t eat or talk properly. 

Gingivitis is reversible if treated right away. It is important to seek professional help immediately before your gingivitis progresses to a more serious dental condition, which can be very costly and dangerous.