Regular brushing and flossing may not be your teenager’s idea of the coolest thing to do but it’s a sure-fire way of preventing gingivitis and/or reversing its effects. But what exactly is gingivitis and why does it occur?
It’s an inflammation of the gums that is mostly caused by a failure to remove plaque from the mouth. Amongst other things, plaque contains billions of harmful bacteria which can build up on teeth and around the gumline. If left it will harden into tartar and irritate and inflame the gums. While symptoms associated with gingivitis aren’t normally painful, they shouldn’t be ignored as it can develop into a more advanced form of gum disease.
So what are the obvious signs and symptoms of gingivitis?
• Bleeding gums when brushed and/or flossed
• Gums that recede from the teeth
• Gums that are swollen and tender, or are….
• Deep red or purplish colour
Another unpleasant side effect is bad breath which just won’t go away.
By removing plaque on a daily basis, your teen is assured of a healthy mouth.
Keep an eye on your daughter!
Most of us blame changing hormones for turning our children into moody teenagers but were you aware that hormones can also increase the risk of your teen daughter in particular, developing gum disease? Why is this?
Oestrogen and progesterone both cause the flow of blood to the gum tissue to increase. This in turn causes greater sensitivity and makes gums more susceptible to irritation and disease. It’s understandable that your teen may not be overly concerned about how to treat gingivitis when she’s already got such a lot going on. But why not capitalise on the fact that girls are better at taking care of their teeth and tell her that the more care she lavishes on her pearly whites now, the less chance there is of her developing oral problems further down the line.