Symptoms and care routines to prevent gingivitis
Do your gums get swollen, bleed or increase in sensitivity each time you brush your teeth? If so, it is more than likely that you are suffering from gingivitis… but there is no need to press the panic button.
Gingivitis is not a serious disease, and it can be treated easily and quickly. However, you should visit your dentist as soon as the first symptoms appear in order to have the state of your gums assessed. In this way, you will prevent the health of your gums from deteriorating further.
What will happen if I decide to just wait and see?
Even if the pain is bearable, you should not ignore it. We must never play with our oral health, and therefore you should look for a solution as soon as you start to suspect that you might be suffering from this disease. Not doing so could lead to periodontitis, also known as pyorrhoea.
This disease is more serious as the inflammatory process of the gums extends to the periodontal ligament itself which is what supports and holds the tooth and even the alveolar bone; ignoring the problem could result in the destruction of both tissues.
Periodontitis causes the appearance of periodontal pockets, an increase in the space between the surface of the tooth and the internal part of the gum. This is a destructive process that will extend until it ends up compromising the stability of the tooth.
The loss of dental support may cause teeth to separate and move. This will result in the teeth moving from their usual position and this could result in tooth loss.
Will I never have gingivitis if I brush my teeth properly?
Do you know the universal saying that says that you can never say never? Well, you should apply it here because there is no universal truth. However, it is true that the probabilities of suffering from gingivitis will be reduced if you brush your teeth correctly after each meal.
Food debris, bacteria and saliva can stick to teeth and gums producing a fine layer of dental plaque or biofilm.
Therefore, maintaining a good daily oral hygiene routine is very important because if you do not remove this dental plaque each day through correct brushing, it will end up sticking to the surface of the enamel, and it will then attack the structures of your teeth and produce a series of substances that will irritate your gums.
What is the correct brushing technique to eliminate all external substances?
If you want to brush your teeth properly, you must be patient and make sure you do not rush things.
You should brush your teeth three times a day for at least two minutes to get rid of food debris and bacterial plaque.
Moreover, you should use an effective technique. But there is no need to worry about this as we will now offer you some advice about how to maintain a correct brushing technique using a manual brush.
- 1. You should place the head of the toothbrush in a horizontal position on the tooth, tilting it at a 45º angle on the flat part of the gums.
- 2. When you start brushing, use vertical up-down and down-up movements and make sure to cover the totality of the gums and teeth and the area where both meet. When you finish in each brushing area, you should make a sweeping movement towards the inside of your mouth so that the debris can be removed with a final rinse.
- 3. Do not forget to brush the inside part of your teeth! Bacteria and food debris can also accumulate there.
- 4. Do not use too much force when brushing! Brushing movements should be gentle but firm.
- 5. When you have finished brushing your teeth, you should then focus on your tongue. Yes, your tongue should also be cleaned from front to back several times and for this we recommend that you use a tongue cleaner.
- 6. Finally, you should rinse your mouth to eliminate the toothpaste, food debris and plaque.
- 7. And if you want to become a true expert, you should complete your brushing with some interdental cleaning using dental floss, interdental brushes or a water jet to make sure that no food debris has been left between the interdental spaces.
It is very important to use a proper toothbrush and appropriate hygienic products. Depending on the state of your oral health, you will have to use a range of specific products that will help you look after and treat diseases such as gingivitis.
Moreover, it is very important to use a mouthwash daily to ensure proper oral hygiene. The mouthwash will help to eliminate any plaque that has not been removed during brushing and it will also protect your gums from possible infections.