Symptoms And Causes Of Gingivitis

Teeth are one of the biggest assets of human personality. If your teeth are white, shiny and clean, it enhances your beauty and personality. When your teeth are clean and shiny your confidence level is high and you don’t hesitate to meet and talk to anybody.

Dirty and stained teeth give sign that you don’t care for oral hygiene. If you don’t care for your oral hygiene, it will not only cause you gum diseases but also various severe other diseases; one of them is gingivitis.

Millions of people suffer from gingivitis and have to consult dentist regularly. Gingivitis is a common problem of teeth. In this health condition your gums become red and swollen and you may experience pain. Bad breath too is a sign of gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated timely, it can lead to Periodontitis and you may have to lose your precious teeth.

Due to poor oral care, gingivitis is caused. One of the main reasons of this gum disease is plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance which is formed on the surface of your teeth or along your gum line. There are two types of bacteria always present in your mouth: good bacteria and bad (harmful) bacteria.

When food particles are left in your mouth after you eat, bad bacteria attacks the food particles mixed with saliva on the surface of your teeth which later on hardens as plaque. If this plaque is not removed soon it can cause your teeth and gums a lot of problems such as cavity and gingivitis.

Some other causes of gingivitis are diabetes, chewing of tobacco, dry mouth, some medications, old age etc. If you observe blood while brushing, you should see your dentist because it can be a symptom of gingivitis.

To prevent gingivitis, you need to consult your dentist regularly. You should also brush your teeth twice a day (before going to bed at night and after getting up in the morning). You should use toothpaste which contains fluoride and you also need to rinse your mouth properly after you eat anything.

Many people have the habit of eating every now and then. Avoid eating anything between two meals. If you eat anything, immediately wash your mouth with water and ensure that no food particles are left in your mouth or stuck between your teeth.

Rakesh Kumar Lakshman

Written many TV serials including Health Based TV Shows, several articles and stories for various renowned magazines and also written articles for websites.