Periodontal disease does not occur overnight. There are generally signs that gum tissue is in trouble with the onset of gingivitis. Regular visits to the dentist every six months coupled with a good daily oral hygiene regimen can help prevent the occurrence of periodontal disease … be aware of the symptoms that trouble is brewing.
Bleeding gum tissue – Gums may bleed when brushing; very often this is due to aggressive brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush. Try using a soft bristle brush and less pressure. If bleeding gums is occurring without provocation, see your dentist right away.
Appearance – If your gums are red or swollen, this may be a symptom of the onset of gum disease – healthy gum tissue is pink and firm.
Chronic bad breath – Certain foods and beverages can result in halitosis. Brushing, using mouthwash, or a breath mint can help. But when bad breath is ongoing, this may be a sign of infection.
Gum tissue receding – This can happen over time, but if gums appear to be pulling away from teeth or teeth feel loose, your condition is advanced and immediate attention is required. Tooth loss can occur if intervention does not take place.
Gum disease often occurs due to negligence; but can also occur in pregnant women or those patients taking certain medications. Regular dental visits are a great preventative tool; but the patient cannot rely on their dentist solely. Daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing to remove what your toothbrush missed are required to maintain good dental health.
But even the most diligent patient may be faced with periodontal concerns. The best way to prevent problems with gum disease in addition to dental care include:
- Do not use tobacco in any form – Smokers are much more likely to develop gum disease than those who do use tobacco.
- Watch what you eat and drink – Sugary snacks and beverages allow the bacteria already present on teeth to build; this results in plaque forming on teeth. Plaque buildup is a major contributor to the onset of gum disease.
- Follow your dentist’s advice – Brush and floss as recommended. If you are predisposed to gum disease perhaps due to genetics or aging factors, your dentist may recommend you use an antibacterial mouthwash or special toothpaste. Although they may be a little more costly, maintaining your dental health is certainly worth it.
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