Baby Boomers: Dealing With Gingivitis

Often dental hygiene is overlooked by a large percentage of aging people and this carelessness is shared by a section of baby boomers too. As they age, baby boomers need to be aware that they are becoming susceptible to number of diseases and one of most common ones that may soon affect some of them is gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a disease which is an acute concern and is quite painful, physically and mentally. It can be best be defined as the inflammation and irritation of the gums which is caused by bacterial plaque, a residue that is full of bacteria and accumulates in the tiny gaps between the teeth and the gums. The bacteria present in these accumulations ooze toxins which causes the irritation and inflammation of the gums. If untreated, it could lead to decayed teeth which could penetrate till the bones that holds the teeth which will eventually lead for it to loosen and fall out. This condition is irreversible and is called periodontal disease which is very dangerous as it is linked with diabetes, osteoporosis and pancreatic cancer.

A periodic sitting with the dentist or a dental hygienist is most recommended. After all, prevention is better than cure and routine cleaning and scaling every three to six months is the best option. Scaling will disrupt the plaque and tartar residue, though it will start growing back within a few hours, yet it would take a good few months before the bacteria can target the deep pockets and the gums.

Gingivitis Symptoms and Condition

1. In the primary stages, there are mouth sores and the gum is swollen, red and would hurt. Eventually it would start bleeding consistently.

2. Bad breath noted with a foul odor.

3. The gums lose their pinkish hue and get discolored to inflamed red or purple. If the condition goes untreated, the gums will become puffy emitting pus and is very painful.

4. In the final stages, the gums start receding and eventually the teeth would begin to loosen and fall.

Note that in the worst of cases of gingivitis, bacterial toxin and foreign emissions might work its way into the blood stream and put the immune system of the body at great risk. Studies show that it could lead to sores, inflammation on body parts and may even put the patient at long term heart risk.

If you’ve been ignoring a visitation to the dentist on one excuse or the other, now is the best time to make a call. It’s always best to be a bit cautious when it comes to oral hygiene. If you notice the gums to be bleeding a bit every time you brush or floss, chances are you do have gingivitis and it is the time to rush to the nearest dentist.

Remember that good oral hygiene is the only way to prevent gingivitis. The best way to avoid it is to make good use of the brush and floss after every second meal. It is also suggested that a good mouth wash recommended by your dental hygienist is also a good way of avoid the affliction.