It is said to be so widespread that many people suffer the grim gum disease gingivitis without even realising it. The main cause of the problem lies in the fact that many folk simply fail to clean their teeth adequately. When this happens a sequence of events occur. Food debris lies trapped the gaps between teeth and over time this debris decomposes. When you add to this the fact that uncleaned teeth are layered with the remain of all that has been eaten and drunk.
Again, over time all this muck becomes for want of a better term, sewage. Bacteria grows, builds and runs riot all around teeth, tongue and mostly gums. Without a good, thorough brushing the bacteria and sugars from consumed food and drink forms a sticky, colourless coating on teeth called plaque.
Failure to remove the plaque and generally keep your teeth clean will lead to a build up of tartar, which is basically plaque which has hardened onto the surface of teeth. It is easily recognisable by the staining and discolouration of teeth by food, drink or smoking. Some people naturally build up plaque and tartar faster than normal so it vitally important to keep up dental hygiene.
How recognise the symptoms of gingivitis:
* A discoloured film forms on your teeth that is difficult to brush away
* Gums maybe tender and bleed by touch or bleed during and after brushing
* Gums might feel sore due to the infection of gingivitis and ulcers may form
* Horrifically bad breath which will not go away or be masked
* Because of the infection Lymph nodes may be enlarged
* Gums change colour from natural pale pink to dark red
Simple tactics on how to get rid of gingivitis :
* Clean teeth gently but regularly three times a day
* Use toothpaste containing baking soda as it helps dissolve the mineral which what tartar is
* Use floss before brushing to remove debris trapped between teeth
* Cut down on sweets, sugary foods and drinks which encourage plaque build up and tooth decay
* Eat more fresh veg which contain health and immune enhancing vitamins and minerals
* Use a powered toothbrush which is more efficient at removing plaque than manual brushing
* Increase calcium intake to maintain bone and teeth health
* Take vitamin C which fights gingivitis and also prevents bleeding
Looking after your teeth and gums is vital not just to prevent the agony of toothache. Many other health problems from bad breath to serious health conditions can arise simply from poor oral hygiene. Bacteria from the mouth and tooth decay can reach the blood stream and it is thought that
many heart disease problems stem from bacteria caused by poor dental hygiene. Losing your friends or even your teeth is the least of your problems unless you maintain good healthy teeth and gums. And all it takes is a few minutes of flossing and brushing after each meal.