5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GUM DISEASE
EXPLAINED BY LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST
Most people probably don’t take as good care of their oral health as they should. Partially this is because they find cleaning their mouths tedious. For many, though, it’s also because they really aren’t aware of what problems there can be when it comes to poor oral hygiene.
One of the most prevalent issues is gum disease, or periodontal disease, which can have some pretty severe consequences if left untreated. Here are five things you should know.
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) half of the American adults suffer from gum disease.
5. WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection within the gums. There are multiple causes of gum disease. The first and most common is poor oral hygiene; not brushing and flossing twice a day. Other risk factors include smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, pregnancy, genetic susceptibility and various medications/treatments for other illnesses. All of these conditions and behaviors allow bacteria to take hold in your gums and cause gum disease.
4. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE?
The early signs of gum disease are very easy to spot. There will be reddening and swelling in the gum, as well as bleeding. This early stage is known as gingivitis, which is the technical term for inflammation of the gum.
Bleeding gums are never normal. Inexplicable bleeding when brushing or cleaning your teeth normally is a sign of gum disease and needs to be addressed.
3. HOW DO YOU TREAT GUM DISEASE?
The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis can be treated with proper oral hygiene at home — brushing and flossing twice a day and six monthly checkups with your dentist.
At Lake Lanier Smiles, we make appointments for your follow up visits and call to remind days before the appointment.
Later stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, requires professional treatment from a dentist. This will usually involve a scale and clean of your teeth, including underneath the gum around the root of the tooth. Various methods, from manual scraping tools to high-tech lasers, can be used to remove the diseased tissue to prevent further growth of infection.
In advanced periodontitis, it can be necessary to remove some teeth to properly treat the disease.
At Lake Lanier Smiles, we have affordable prices for teeth cleaning for all types of gum diseases. For deep cleaning patients we do periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months unlike the early gum disease where we do 6 months visits.
2. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T TREAT GUM DISEASE?
The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, will progress into periodontists, which means inflammation around the root of the tooth. Periodontitis causes your gum tissue to pull away from the root of your teeth, leaving a pocket that fills with bacteria and infection.
Between the bacterial toxins and your body’s immune system doing its job, the bone and connective tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth start to break down. This can result not just in tooth loss, but also a loss of bone volume in your jaw.
Bacteria from the infected gum can travel into the bloodstream via the mouth and harm other parts of the body.
Periodontitis is linked with an increased risk in cardiovascular disease and can even compromise pregnancies.
What can start off as a mild irritation, gingivitis, can lead to serious problems with the rest of the body and seriously impact your health if ignored for too long.
1. HOW DO YOU PREVENT GUM DISEASE?
When it comes to preventing gum disease, it really is as simple as brushing and flossing twice a day! Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the single most effective way of preventing, or at least minimizing the chances of, contracting gum disease. Last but not the least frequent visits to the dentist. We have appointments available for teeth cleanings for new patients.
Regular oral hygiene visits to your doctor, at least twice a year, will ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. They’ll also be able to monitor your mouth for any other problems you might not be aware of.
Gum disease is incredibly common. Most adults will have had it, or even do have it. Many will be lucky enough to treat the problem with brushing and cleaning, but many others will not be so lucky. Don’t dismiss the early warning signs of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, schedule an appointment with the dentist for a clean and save yourself, and your health, in the future.
SIMPLE TIPS FOR HEALTHY GUMS
1. BRUSH TWICE A DAY
2. FLOSS ATLEAST ONCE A DAY
3. VISIT A DENTIST EVERY 6 MONTHS
4. DON’T IGNORE EARLY WARNING SIGNS
5. EAT HEALTHY DIET AND CUT SUGARS INTAKE
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