Gingivitis is one of the most common and widespread preventable conditions in the world. It’s estimated that around half of all adults have some form of the disease, which is most commonly caused by a build-up of plaque around the gums.
Although highly common, gingivitis is nonetheless painful, uncomfortable and dangerous to live with. Untreated gingivitis can often cause severe oral abscesses, tooth loss, and even heart conditions. Therefore, working to actively prevent gingivitis should always be a priority.
Fortunately, doing so is simple, cost-effective and takes very little time out of your daily routine. Here are five everyday ways that you can prevent gingivitis.
Gingivitis is most dangerous when left unchecked. This is when it can evolve into periodontal disease, which is considerably more severe and painful. So you should always be alert for the early warning signs of gingivitis and catch it as early as possible.
If you don’t know how to tell if you have gum disease, there are a few simple things to look out for. If you generally have red, swollen gums or are noticing blood whenever you brush your teeth or floss, you may have gum disease.
Also, take time to check the bathroom mirror, and see if you’re suffering from receded gums, or pockets of plaque in between your teeth. Similarly, recurring bad breath is also a very common symptoms.