As you probably already know, having a beautiful and healthy smile is incredibly important, especially when meeting someone for the first time. Making the right first impression is great and all, but did you know that, according to a recent study by Kelton Research, people with whiter, more attractive teeth actually get paid more.

In short, having a great smile can only bring numerous benefits to a person’s life; so needless to say, you should take care of your teeth and gums.

What Exactly is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is, quite simply, inflammation of the gums. This disease occurs when the plaque that is continuously forming on the teeth becomes hardened over time. This buildup of plaque turns into tartar, which leads to the accumulation of bacteria, and that causes damage to the tissue in your mouth, mainly your gums.

Some Symptoms of Gingivitis:

  • Painful gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Change in gum color (from pink to red or bright purple)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

Causes and Risk Factors

Unfortunately, gingivitis is rather common, and anyone can develop it at any point in life.

Factors that Increase the risk of Gingivitis:

  • Chewing tobacco
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Bad dental restorations
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics
  • Fungal infections
  • Viral infections
  • Old age
  • Poor oral care habits

How to Prevent Gingivitis?

As you can see, your genetics and age play a part in developing gingivitis, but it’s mostly caused by poor oral hygiene. Now, you might be thinking, ‘’But I brush my teeth regularly, how could I possibly get gingivitis?’’. The truth is – It’s not only about how many times you brush your teeth; it’s also about how you do it.

Your first and the most important step starts right here and now. Throw away all your old and used toothbrushes (they harbor bacteria) and buy a soft-bristle toothbrush. A soft toothbrush will enable you to get to those hard-to-reach places between your teeth and gums, and it will remove all the small pieces of food stuck there.

Here’s How to Properly Brush your Teeth

How to Brush Properly

1. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line

2. Use short and gentle strokes on each tooth

3. Don’t miss any areas (Create a brushing pattern and stick to it every time)

4. Brush the outer and inner surfaces

5. Brush for at least two minutes

While brushing your teeth is necessary, it’s also important to use antibacterial toothpaste. According to a study conducted by Manupati Prasanth, toothpastes with Triclosan are more efficient in controlling oral flora than those without it.

Floss Properly

You don’t need to floss your teeth after every meal, but you should do it at least once a day, ideally just before your bedtime. Making a habit out of flossing is hard because we all love eating snacks in bed, but you should try to do so if you want to avoid getting gingivitis.

Don’t Avoid Dentists

Dentists exist for a reason. If you think that you need gingivitis treatment, don’t be afraid to make the call. This treatment is (usually) painless, and your teeth will thank you for it.

If you notice any of the symptoms previously mentioned in this article, contact the nearest dentist as soon as possible. Don’t risk losing your teeth just because you’re scared of dentists. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, and that’s a much more serious condition that can lead to the loss of teeth.

Let the dentist clean your teeth thoroughly, and then focus on making sure that you never have to deal with it again. By getting professional dental care and developing great oral hygiene habits, you’ll prevent not only gingivitis but other diseases as well.