Gum Disease Prevention

The mouth is filled with millions and millions of bacteria which feed on the plaque in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth, and when it stays behind on your teeth after brushing, it hardens into tartar which is extremely difficult to get rid of.

The bacteria feeding on the plaque can infect your gums, and this form of gum disease is called gingivitis. If the infection then spreads to below the gum line and starts to infect the underlying bone structure of your jaw, you have a much more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. If this is left untreated it will eventually start to infect the entire body with disastrous consequences for your general health.

There are various symptoms which can indicate that you have gum disease.

  • Swollen and inflamed gums
  • Bleeding of the gums when brushing your teeth.
  • Bad breath. The bacteria that infect your gums release toxins that cause a bad smell. The bad smell normally means that you have a serious problem, as gingivitis doesn’t usually cause bad breath.
  • Shrinking gums. If it appears that your teeth are growing longer, it’s actually your gums that are receding. This creates pockets under your gums which are perfect breeding grounds for the bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Sharp pain when drinking cold beverages. As the gum recedes, it exposes a sensitive part of the tooth called dentin, which will react with a sharp pain when you drink something cold.
  • Loose teeth. Gum disease affects the bone in which your teeth are anchored. This can cause your teeth to loosen, and is one of the signs of advanced periodontitis.

If one or more of these symptoms persists, there is a very good chance that you have developed some form of gum disease.

How can you prevent it from happening?

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Taking care of your teeth also helps to prevent gum disease. Yes, we’re talking about your twice-daily brushing and flossing. It only takes a few minutes, but it can save you from gum disease which, in serious cases, can only be treated through surgery.

Swish out your mouth after brushing. Whether you use ordinary water or mouthwash, try to swish it around and through the gaps between teeth. It will help to remove any lurking food particles that escaped your regular brushing routine.

Quit smoking! An increased risk of gum disease is just one of the many dangers of smoking. If you’re struggling to quit, talk to your doctor. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and longevity.

See your dentist every six months. All too many people forget the importance of regular dental checkups. During your appointment, your dentist will examine your gums. If you do develop a mild infection, picking it up early will help to prevent advanced gum disease from developing.

Finally, if you do spot any symptoms such as gums that bleed easily after brushing your teeth, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Early treatment can eliminate the need for surgery.

Are you worried that you may have gum disease? Don’t delay! Call us for your appointment right away. We’re here to help you keep your mouth healthy.