Ways to Fight Gum Disease
Gum disease is everywhere, with periodontitis directly linked to more than 50 systemic conditions and diseases. This oral issue has lead to a variety of health problems when left untreated. Issues such as tooth decay, tooth loss, or even heart disease.
So what is Gum Disease?
There are two main types: gingivitis and periodontitis. They are a type of oral infection that occurs in the gums as a result of bacterial buildup.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage and can be reversed with proper in-home and professional dental care.
Periodontitis however, occurs when gingivitis is not treated over time and a patients stage of gum disease progresses. This disease is permanent and has to be managed through a variety of treatments. It depends on how severe your gum disease is to the level of treatment needed.
Common signs of gum disease include redness, or swelling of the gums, tooth or gum sensitivity, chronic halitosis (bad breath), loose teeth, bleeding of the gums, and a receding gum line. Not all patients experience similar symptoms. So seeing your dentist regularly is an important part of prevention and early detection.
How to Prevent It
Most importantly is to maintain a thorough oral hygiene. This is one of the simplest ways to keep gum disease at bay. By simply taking care of your teeth at home on the daily basis, you can help fight off bacteria build up. As always, make sure you brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. The manner in which you brush and floss also matters. Make sure to learn the proper care techniques for your oral health.
Always Practice Healthy Habits
There are many different good and bad habits that directly affect your oral health. Your diet can either help your smile or break down your teeth and gum line. Try to choose healthy foods with plenty of nutrients in them to improve the your gums and steer clear of too much sugar.
Smoking can also impact your risk. Smokers are have always been more prone to developing gum disease over time. Smoking can weaken the gums and lessens circulation that your gums need to stay in great condition.
Don’t Skip A Dental Checkup
In-home care is key to good oral health. However, a professional oral cleaning is necessary to fully rid your mouth of plaque and bad bacteria. Your dentist will be able to see early signs of gum disease so you can get help before it progresses to far.
With good oral routines, healthy choices, and regular dental visits, preventing gum disease is very simple. If you think you may be suffering from or periodontitis or gingivitis contact Dr.Drake DDS & Associates today to get an assessment.