Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Gingivitis

 

Overview

The inflammation of gums due to the layering of plaque and bacterial microfilms on the surface of the teeth is termed as gingivitis. The tartar and bacterial growth between the gums and the teeth causes severe inflammation and resultant bad breath.

 

Causes

The most common cause of gingivitis is dental plaque or tartar that further leads to bacterial infection. Gum inflammation can also be caused by poor teeth caps, ill fitted dentures or improper tooth fillings. This condition may be more prevalent in puberty and pregnancy when there is a significant hormonal change that could make the gums more sensitive. Malnutrition, scurvy, health disorders like diabetes and side effects of certain kinds of medication could also result in this problem because of a weakened immune system. Underlying illnesses like cancer can also affect the gums making it easier for gingivitis to develop. Bad habits like smoking, improper oral hygiene (not brushing or flossing teeth properly) and a family history of dental disorders might be contributing factors for this condition.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of gingivitis can be red, swollen, tender, bleeding and painful gums. A person could also have bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth as a result of this condition. There is a possibility of the gums losing their natural or normal colour and structure because of inflammation and they could also separate from the teeth. In some cases there is a likelihood of loose or shifting teeth. 

 

Diagnosis

The dentist will primarily do an oral examination and note the symptoms of the patient to arrive at a diagnosis. The doctor after listening to the medical history as well as the dental history of the patient may suggest simple tests to check for underlying medical conditions.

 

Treatment

A doctor will firstly advise the patient to adopt better oral hygiene methods. The doctor can suggest an antiseptic mouth rinse or other drugs like antibiotics to control the infection. Regular dental checkups should be advised by the doctor to remove plaque from areas that are hard to reach inside the mouth.

 

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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