Why it’s important to take care of your gums?
Not a lot of people realize the importance of gums; you know, those smooth pink structures that hold your teeth in place. While taking care of your teeth holds an obvious benefit, taking care of your gums is something you would often overlook. This tends to lead to gingivitis and other gum problems which can further progress into even more serious conditions like periodontal disease.
You can have the whitest teeth that are 100% free of stains or tartar, but you will lose them nonetheless if you neglect taking care of your gums. 7 Day Dental will help you prevent periodontal disease before it gets worse!
What is periodontal disease and how it develops?
Gingivitis is referred to the inflammation caused in the gum tissues, which is caused by the growth of tartar and plaque along the gumline, eventually leading to irritated and swollen gums. Any sign of blood while brushing or flossing can be an indication of this disease, which can be prevented through proper brushing and flossing.
The problem, at this stage, causes no bone structure loss, but if not treated on time, periodontal disease enters the picture.
This disease leads to permanent damage to the bones and adjoining structures, which can’t be reversed.
How to prevent periodontal disease
The development can be prevented with proper care but whatever damage it has done can only be managed and not cured.
It is an acute and chronic infection, which attacks the bones adjacent to the teeth, fibers, gums, and deeper supporting tissues, and when left untreated can advance to periodontitis – an even more destructive stage of the disease.
With proper care for your gums and teeth, you can detect and avoid the growth of plaque in your mouth and prevent tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
Here are a few pointers on how to check for signs of periodontal disease and means to decrease the chances of ever getting it.
1- Regular dental examination
Start with a regular examination of your gumline and teeth to detect any symptoms of the disease. Different warning signs include swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, separating or lose teeth, and others.
2- Brush and floss your teeth regularly
Brush at least two times and floss once a day, which is the easiest approach for the prevention of all common mouth problems.
3- Use fluoride toothpaste
Use toothpaste enhanced with fluoride, and change your toothbrush at least once in a quarter. Set an appointment with your dentist after every six months for a regular checkup that can help detect the earliest signs of any problem.
4- Professional cleaning
Get your teeth cleaned by professionals regularly to remove any plaque present in your mouth, which brushing alone can’t completely remove. These plaques, when left unchecked, can lead to serious tooth decays and possible tooth loss.
5- Drink a lot of water
Drink an ample amount of water and maintain a balanced diet to enhance your immune system. Since the disease starts out as an infection, a healthy immune system will fight it off or at least prevent it from progressing faster A good diet should include sufficient quantities of Vitamins A, C,& E as well as other antioxidants like zinc and bioflavonoid.
6- Avoid Smoking
And take action on other problems like crooked teeth and defective fillings. Consult your doctor about preventive measures against vulnerability to periodontal disease as an effect of diabetes and other risk factors like steroids, pregnancy, keratin drugs (particularly those used for cancer therapies and epilepsy treatments), and birth control pills.
To get more information on available dental treatments and check up for you and your family, call us at 866-989-1335 now and start giving your gums the attention they deserve.