Top Things to Know About Gum Disease

According to the World Health Organization, one in four adult individuals suffer from a certain type of bacterial infection, which in turn results to the development of gum disease. For most of us, we don’t really care about that number because we don’t feel like we suffer from any kind of gum problem. However, the difficult and scary thing about it is that the signs don’t normally show up until it’s too late. Therefore, it really makes a lot of sense if you allow yourself to learn the things about the disease, the purpose of which is to figure out if you’re already suffering from it. If not, you can use the information to prevent it from happening to you.

Let’s kick-off our discussion with this video from Colgate:

Now let’s dig in a little deeper. This time, see this information we got from MouthHealthy.org discussing the warning signs.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

  • gums that bleed easily
  • red, swollen, tender gums
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • any change in the fit of partial dentures

But there’s more to this article than just the warning signs. So please read the rest of it here.

We bet you now realize that the main cause of losing teeth in adults is gum disease. And as we said earlier, the most obvious reason why most people don’t know they have it is because it does not come with pain. So what’s the best thing to do? It’s obviously visiting the dentist. A dental professional will be able to do a comprehensive examination of your teeth and will figure out if you have gum disease.

(image credit: YourDentalHealthSource.com)

Meanwhile, in the article “5 Things You Should Know About Gum Disease” from Listerine.com, there is more information provided about the possible causes treatment, and prevention.

What Causes Gingivitis?

The most common causes are improper oral home care and improper technique. When brushing, flossing and rinsing don’t occur daily, leftover bacteria builds and forms a thick film known as plaque, which can lead to tartar and break down teeth over time.

Can You Prevent Gingivitis?

Getting into a good, solid mouth-cleaning routine that involves brushing and rinsing twice daily, plus daily flossing, can reverse the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Scheduling regular six-month dental checkups is also key to keeping your mouth healthy and clean, as tartar buildup is something only professional tools used at the dentist’s office can remove.

How Is Gingivitis Treated?

The most crucial step in treating gingivitis is to not ignore symptoms that may seem harmless, such as a little blood in the sink when you floss and brush, and/or irritated gums that look red and/or swollen. If these symptoms appear, make an appointment to check in with your dentist to identify the cause and to get your teeth and gums assessed. Your dentist may recommend an improved daily home-care regimen for your teeth, including adding antiseptic mouthwash to your routine. If pockets of bacteria have formed around the teeth and gums are beginning to pull away from the teeth, a deep cleaning with your dentist or periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum disease) may be suggested. The good news is that this early, mild stage of gum disease is preventable. That said, if it goes untreated and ignored, gingivitis can develop into advanced stage gum disease (periodontitis), which is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

See the rest of this blog post by clicking the link.

Since you already have enough information about gum disease, it’s about time to visit your dentist. It’s not something that you just do when you’re compelled to. It has to be done on a regular basis to make sure you’re preventing teeth and gum problems like gum disease.

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Top Things to Know About Gum Disease

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