Gingivitis is a medical condition that affects the gums, gums inflammation and bleeding are common signs of gingivitis. It’s very common across different ages. It is possible that you can have gingivitis without even knowing that you have it. The early stage of gingivitis is painless, many patients suffering from gingivitis have it without knowing.
These oral problem can lead to loss of teeth and permanent damages to your gums and the bones supporting your teeth. However, gingivitis is a non-destructive type of gum disease but it can advance quickly to periodontitis. Periodontitis being a severe gum disease can affect not only your gums but your overall health.
If your already experiencing gums bleeding, swelling and tenderness, then it might be gingivitis. I will show you some gingivitis pictures that can help you to identify gum disease. If you suspect that you have gingivitis, you should bring it to the attention of your dentist. Your dentist can help you to identify the underlying cause and the suitable course of action to take.
First of all, I will start by showing you how healthy gums looks like. Anything different from this is a sign that your gums are not healthy.
There are so many characteristics of a healthy gum. A healthy gum is always firm and pink in color. Red coloration is not a sign of healthy gums, it might be as a result of one health problem or the other. I have written a post before revealing all > the signs of healthy gums. You can check it out later.
Note: taking care of your gums is not only important to your oral health. It’s also important for your overall body well-being. It has been shown that diseased gums can result to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and many others.
Having said these, I would like us to look at different causes of gingivitis. I will try to explain more by showing real life gingivitis pictures. With this you can know how gingivitis looks like.
Red and swollen gums that bleed all the time when you brush or floss your teeth are all signs of gingivitis. You will also notice that the affected gums will appear to be pulling away from your teeth. They all show that your gums are not healthy, what could be causing this?
There are numerous factors that can damage your healthy gums and also lead to gingivitis. Hereditary, tobacco use, malnutrition, certain medications, poor oral hygiene and poor immunity are possible factors that can cause gingivitis.
Do you know that gingivitis is contagious? O yes, It is! If both or any your parents had gingivitis before, there are high chances of you having gingivitis too. This is mostly due to the type of bacteria you were exposed to when you were younger. Apart from this, gingivitis can also be transferred from an infected person to a healthy individual. Kissing and sharing of the same utensils with an infected person can make you to contract gingivitis. I explain more on this before, check this out – Is gingivitis contagious? Proofs
Poor oral hygiene
Here is one of the gingivitis pictures that shows plaque induced gingivitis. If you are not taking your oral health seriously, then you should be prepared for the consequences. Poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque buildups and bacteria accumulation. When you don’t clear off food particles from your mouth, they stick to your teeth attracting lots of harmful bacteria. Bacteria feeds on these food particles, producing chemicals that damages the teeth and gums.
There are essential nutrients that is needed by your body for the maintenance of your teeth and gums. An example of such nutrients is Vitamin C. Those that suffer from vitamin C deficiency, usually have oral Inflammations such as mouth ulcers or gingivitis in a severe case. You should seek for help from a hygienist if you don’t know the right oral-healthy foods. He can make suggestions for you.
Certain medications gives off gum disease as side effects, some leads to dry mouth. Example of some of these drugs are antihistamines, decongestants, and painkillers.(1) If you started having gingivitis after you just started taking some medications. You can report to your doctor, he can evaluate the medications to find out if they are responsible.
Poor immune system can make your gums more sensitive and susceptible to infections and disease. This is commonly seen in pregnant women and during puberty. Hormonal changes, such as increase in the level of progesterone can result to gum disease and oral infections.
Smoking and constant use of tobacco products can result to different oral problems. Tobacco use can cause mild gum disease. If you can keep off from tobacco and pay attention to oral hygiene, it’s possible that you can reverse early signs of gum damage and have a healthier gums.
You can experience occurrence of gingivitis when you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums. In order to maintain a healthy gum, it’s important that you visit your dentist regularly for frequent check-ups and oral cleaning. You should try as much as possible to follow a regular oral care routine of flossing and brushing your teeth for at least twice a day.
If you still want to learn more on gingivitis, you can check this out – all about gingivitis