When gingivitis is noticed, it is best to contact a dental professional, who can help reverse the effects of gingivitis and return the gums to the firm, pink state that indicates healthy oral tissue. Regular visits to a dental professional to assess the condition of gum tissue will also decrease the progression of gingivitis to a more serious gum disease called periodontitis. The sooner one cares for their gums affected by gingivitis, the better the outcome. Whereas gum disease is a reversible condition, periodontal disease is not as easily treated and can lead to tooth loss resulting from damage to gums, bone and other tissues that surround the teeth.
The mechanical action of brushing and flossing plaque from the mouth, especially in areas along the gumline, lessens the chance of gingivitis developing. Also, effective over-the-counter dental products such as those like Colgate Total® toothpaste will not only remove the germs, but inhibit the growth of new germs for up to 12 hours. Decreasing the amount of plaque present in the mouth is the best defense in preventing what causes gingivitis, and Colgate® Total® toothpaste contains an anti-bacterial ingredient that reduces 90% of these plaque germs.
Since plaque is often invisible to the eye, using a toothpaste with an added germ prevention ingredient increases the effectiveness of brushing twice daily. Developing a daily routine to reduce bacteria in the mouth will reduce gingivitis and increase both oral health and overall wellness.