Gingivitis Treatment in Surrey, BC
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. At King George Dental Centre in Surrey, we usually see this as a result of plaque and tartar build-up. Patients with gingivitis usually complain of swollen, red, and bleeding gums. There are things you can do at home to treat gingivitis and procedures we can perform that can help in moderate to severe cases.
Treating gingivitis is essential if you want relief from its symptoms. Without treatment, it will progress to periodontal disease where the tissues and bones around your teeth become inflamed. This can lead to a loss of bone requiring interventions such as bone grafts.
Dealing with Gingivitis at Home
The first step is to brush your teeth at least twice per day. You need to brush your teeth for 2 minutes each time. If you feel like you’re not brushing it well enough, you can buy an electronic brush or ask us for advice. You should also floss daily to remove food particles from between your teeth.
Antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste are also quite effective. They will fight and kill bacteria residing in your mouth and prevent them from causing trouble. If your symptoms don’t resolve or continue to get worse, you’ll need to visit our office so we can intervene.
The primary thing we can do in the office here at King George Dental Centre is to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. These are aggregates that form over time. They often contain bacteria that can either invade your gums directly or release toxins that cause damage and inflammation.
No matter how hard you try, removing plaque and tartar at home will be almost impossible. They can only be removed using special tools available at the dentist’s office. Once plaque and tartar are removed, we can administer an antibiotic gel to help speed up recovery.
Gingivitis isn’t a very serious dental condition, but it can be if left untreated. If you want to avoid getting gingivitis, you need to keep up with your oral hygiene at home. You should also make sure to visit the dentist at least twice a year.