An Important Topic
How to get rid of gingivitis is indeed an important topic. What is important to understand is that if you have gingivitis you are definitely NOT alone. Many people do. The sad part is that many people are not aware that they have it.
In a way, if you have learned that you have it, you are lucky. Not because you have it, but because you know you do and many people do not know they have it. Therefore, you are in a position to do something about it now, before it gets worse.
I hope that made sense?
What Can Happen If you Fail To Take Action
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease – also known as periodontal disease. When this problem progresses, the gums can pull away from the teeth, recede and the teeth can become loose. It is possible to lose teeth due to this disease. In fact, the number one cause of tooth loss is gum disease which starts out as gingivitis.
Brushing and Flossing May Not Be Enough
If you are like me, you may be wondering, how is it that I have this problem, because I take excellent care of my teeth. I brush and floss every day! Yes, this is the crazy part of gingivitis / gum disease. You can do everything right and still get it.
As mentioned before, many people do have it. In fact, dental professionals widely agree that about 75% of people have some form of gum disease / gingivitis right now!
Think about that statistic. You know it is highly unlikely that 75% of people are not brushing and flossing on a regular basis. This demonstrates that brushing and flossing are often not enough to get rid of gingivitis or gum disease. Therefore, we can sort of say with some probability that we are right, is that getting rid of gingivitis is going to take more than mere brushing and flossing.
How Do You Get Rid of Gingivitis?
Before going further into this topic it is important to understand that every human body is different. What works for some may not be enough for others. It is just like when you go to the doctor and one medication doesn’t work and they prescribe a different one.
Getting rid of gingivitis fast is something that may take varying degrees of work for each person. Generally speaking it is believed that there two ends of the spectrum. About 2% of the population is virtually immune to gingivitis. Even if they don’t do much to care for their teeth. On the other end is about 2% that just can’t seem to get rid of it no matter what.
Right between those two are the rest of us, up to 96% of the population will have to work at varying degrees to get rid of gingivitis and or gum disease. The good news is that for most of us, it can be done. We just are not sure just how much work it will take for us personally.
Treating Gingivitis From Home
Ask any dental professional and they will all agree that what you do at home is far more important than what they do at the office. Because you deal with your teeth and gums every day. They only see you a couple of times a year. Both home care and office care are important and you should not abandon one for the other – you need them both.
Additional Tools and Techniques
You should be brushing and flossing every single day, without fail. Plaque needs to be mechanically disrupted on a daily basis to prevent the rapid proliferation of the ‘bad’ bacteria that cause this problem.
As mentioned before, that may not be enough. Additional tools that might help you are as follows:
1. The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator – The hydrofloss is a powerful tool. It has been clinically shown in two separate, peer reviewed and published studies to reduce plaque and tartar build up between office visits far more effectively than irrigators that do not use the hydro floss’ patented technology.
2. Xylitol – There is massive documentation behind the power of xylitol – a sugar that is made of 5 carbons instead of 6 like the ‘regular’ sugar that feeds bacteria. The difference here is that the bacteria that cause us dental health problems cannot utilize this 5 carbon sugar! You can buy xylitol by the pound or in the form of gums or mints.
3. Perio-Aid – This is a plastic curved handle that you place the blunted end of round toothpicks in to trace along the gum line and between the teeth. The idea here is to disrupt plaque in the hard to reach places that brushing and flossing may not reach. The use of this tool is something that should be taught to you by your dentist or hygienist. They should know what this tool is and be able to teach you how to use it.
*This article is for information purposes only and does not intend to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment for the problem of gingivitis or any other health related problem. If you have or think you might have an oral health or any other health problem, visit your dentist or doctor for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about products mentioned here.