Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the United States. It is a disease that has many different negative effects and causes symptoms such as swollen or red gums. Your gums will also be much more likely to bleed. In the beginning, it is called gingivitis and is usually not painful. Gingivitis is reversible if you visit the dentist and have them professionally clean your teeth. You also need to take good care of your teeth at home. There are many other things that can contribute to gum disease, these are things such as smoking, diabetes, aging, other diseases, stress and more. Talk to your dentist and they will be able to walk you through all of the different possibilities, and how to prevent them if possible.
If gingivitis goes for a long period of time without being treated, it can become periodontal disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque that grows and builds up underneath the gum line. The bacteria in the plaque will release toxins that will irritate the gums and cause inflammation. The issue is that the tissue and bone in your mouth can start to break down. Overtime gaps can appear between your teeth and gums, which can easily become infected. If this goes on for long enough it is possible for your teeth to either fall out or need to be removed.
Bad breath is another symptom of gum disease. This is because your mouth is full of bacteria that will release chemicals that will cause bad breath. If you haven’t visited the dentist recently, and you are noticing that even after brushing your teeth, you still have bad breath, then it could be pointing to gum disease. If you think something may be wrong with your teeth, then we would highly suggest not ignoring it. It is important to visit the dentist regularly, at least twice per year if you want to keep your teeth in the best condition possible.
For your home oral care, you need to brush twice per day and floss once. If you do these two things, then you should prevent many oral health issues. However, if you don’t floss then you won’t be cleaning the space between your teeth. You can also use mouthwash once a day to achieve even better oral hygiene. However even if you are brushing your teeth well, then it is possible that you can still develop gum disease since it can be very difficult to get the plaque away from your gum line. Our hygienists won’t have this issue, which is why it is important to visit regularly.