Gingivitis Has no Soul
But what about gingivitis? Drs. Kalil and Kress believe gingivitis has no soul, or at least it should have no place in your mouth!
Gingivitis, a name for Halloween
You have to admit that whoever came up with the term “gingivitis” did a good job. It sounds scary! The actual meaning, however, is far less so. Gingivitis means nothing more than gum irritation.
Of course, gum irritation is a problem that can’t be allowed to progress. Plaque is the main irritant of the gums. Plaque is the film that forms on the teeth throughout the day. It consists of bacteria, bacteria waste products (uck!), food residue, and saliva. Plaque and your toothbrush have an ongoing roadrunner vs. coyote thing going. You brush away the plaque morning and night, and then it forms again hoping that you’ll get lazy. When you begin to get lax with your brushing and flossing, plaque can move in under the gumline, not unlike that distant Uncle Frank who moved into your basement for a “few months.”
When plaque gets under your gums, it is very irritating to the gums. And if it is allowed to take up permanent residence there, it will harden into tartar. This irritates the gums even more. This is the point where things can go either way. Get more aggressive with your home hygiene, and the gum irritation can pass. But stay on the lax side of hygiene, and the irritation progresses. Now the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, due to the irritation. You’re headed into the realm of gum disease, clinically called periodontitis. This is a place you don’t want to head.
What are signs of gingivitis?
Do you have gingivitis? It’s easy to spot. Your gums should look like Patrick on SpongeBob Squarepants, nice and pink. Bright red is not a color you want to see on your gums. That spells irritation, gingivitis. Your gums should also lie flat against the teeth; inflamed gums tend to recede and pull away from the teeth. Your gums will also be prone to bleeding, and this shouldn’t normally happen if you’re using a soft toothbrush. Bleeding is a sign of inflammation. And finally, your breath will reek — your bad breath is caused by bacteria that are being left to their own devices by your poor oral hygiene.
Now you need our help. Dr. Kalil or Dr. Kress can beat back gingivitis with some root planing and scale. Maybe even a thorough professional cleaning will do the trick.
See gingers do have souls. Gingivitis? Not so much. Don’t let it get you! Call us at 603-880-7004 to make an appointment.