Has anyone had or got Gingivitis? I recently went to the dentist & after only 6 months since last the visit, I apparently have this horrible gum disease I would love to hear your stories on dealing with it! I'm always afraid of dentists making me jump through hoops to get more money out of me.
I am going back next week to find out the results of the X-ray to see if it has damaged the teeth or bone. I just started experiencing sensitivity & pain in the gums of my lower front teeth which got worse over a week or two. My dentist said it can never be cured, just "managed," so I'm pretty upset about it! It makes me feel so yucky!
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08-03-2012 14:57 #1
Any sufferers of Gingivitis?
08-03-2012 19:47 #2Senior Member
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Without seeing you it is very hard to know for sure. Gingivitis doesn't involve the bone. Periodontitis does.
To diagnose periodontitis radiographs/X-Rays can be of assistance, however, they need to measure the natural space between the tooth and the gum (the periodontal pocket) - it is measured with a blunt probe with milimeter measurements on it. Normal measurements are 1-3mm deeper than that is periodontitis/gum disease. They need to record the measurements (either with a digital probe - or more commonly, the dentist should be reading out the numbers to his/her nurse (6 points on every tooth)
If you are pregnant, your gums can be more reactive to plaque and you may need more professional cleans and monitoring.
Early stage gum disease is very manageable.
Make sure you are brushing and flossing twice a day
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08-03-2012 19:53 #3
I'm with Rachie81 on this. Gingivitis doesn't involve the bone, it's a gum inflammation. I treated mine with Amosan mouthwash that comes in a box of sachets and is made by Oral B. It's available at the chemist. Dh and I had to treat ourselves at the same time because we kept reinfecting each other.
08-03-2012 20:22 #4
09-03-2012 13:11 #5
Oh sorry! I'm still learning about it! My gosh, so its contagious?! My DH has it, so its probably where mine has come from. His is quite bad though. He didn't choose to keep on top of it so quite a substantial part of his gums on those lower front teeth has disappeared & his teeth are loose. I guess his started where mine is at the moment! I neglected my teeth when I was pregnant so perhaps I'm paying the price now
I've been using Savacol for the past few days which has stopped the swelling & pain considerably.
So given plaque is the cause, basically it means the dentist will need to clean my teeth more often & I'll have be super diligent in cleaning & flossing - I guess its not so bad as long as it doesn't get out of control
09-03-2012 15:04 #6Senior Member
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If your gums have receded to expose a little of the sensitive root surface you can use a sensitive toothpaste, alongside meticulous brushing and flossing, with or without mouth washes to manage the problem.
Gingivitis is completely reversible, but recession and periodontitis are not.
09-03-2012 15:40 #7
Yep there is some root exposure which has made them sensitive (how I first noticed there was a problem!) & this is obviously from some slight gum recession. I use the sensitive toothpaste, floss & use anti-bacterial mouthwash.
Its good to hear that this can be managed, I'm determined to stay motivated enough to keep it from progressing!
09-03-2012 16:44 #8Senior Member
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I didn't know it was reversible nor did I know it was contagious
09-03-2012 18:46 #9
I used to have gingivitis. I found flossing and mouthwash didn't help but white tea did! Once I started drinking it my gingivitis went away
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