Gum disease refers to an inflammation of your gums that could eventually corrode the bone that supports your teeth. It is caused by a build up of plaque, which contains bacteria that harms your teeth and gum tissue. This bacteria can cause the gum line to recede and, if not properly treated, could eventually result in tooth loss. Additional research points to a correlation between gum disease and other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Luckily, you can take steps to prevent gum disease. Follow these tips to ensure healthy gums!
- Brush your teeth. This helps reduce plaque, which collects after eating. Don’t forget your tongue– bacteria love to hide there.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use mouthwash to help remove bacteria that your toothbrush and floss didn’t catch.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Regular, professional cleaning by your dentist is the only way to remove all the plaque that has built up.
Diagnosing gum disease
Symptoms of the disease vary depending on the severity of the case. Common symptoms can include:
- irritated, puffy, and swollen gums.
- bad breath (indicating the presence of bacteria.)
- bleeding in your gums when you brush or floss.
- loose or shifting teeth (as a result of bacteria attacking the bones that keep your teeth in place).
Is there a treatment?
If you catch gum disease at an early stage, you can treat it with proper brushing and flossing.
Dentists can also perform a deep cleaning procedure, where they remove the tartar below your gum line.
Dentists may also prescribe various medications to reduce bacteria and infection.
Make an appointment for healthy gums
If you are suffering from gum disease symptoms or want to improve your dental hygiene to prevent the disease, make an appointment today. We can help ensure your gums stay healthy and bacteria free.