Practicing good oral hygiene is important to prevent and treat gum diseases. People often, overlook their gums and focus on their teeth to make it look bright and pearly white! However, healthy teeth require healthy gums.
Gum disease is a bacterial growth around the teeth which causes swelling, soreness or infection in tissues surrounding the teeth.
Gum disease is mainly of two types, Gingivitis or Periodontitis. While gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease, periodontitis is a more serious type of gum disease and could also lead to tooth extraction.
SIGNS/ SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASES:
· Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
· Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
· Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer
· Loose or separating teeth
· Pus between your gums and teeth
· Sores in your mouth
· Persistent bad breath
· A change in the fit of partial dentures
GUM DISEASES ARE PREVENTABLE. HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN KEEP YOUR GUMS HEALTHY:
Floss at least once a day; it’s an important part of oral health. Flossing removes food and plaque from between the teeth and gums. If the food and plaque remain in these areas, this can lead to tartar, which is a hard buildup of bacteria that only a dentist can remove. Tartar can lead to gum disease.
2. Brush twice a day
Brushing the teeth properly is the key to have healthy mouth and gums. Brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Clean the insides of the front teeth by turning the brush vertically and making several short strokes along each tooth. Change your toothbrush every three to four months as thehe bristles start to fray.
3. Get regular dental cleanings
Your dentist can detect early gum disease symptoms if you see them on a regular basis. Dental checkups typically include a professional cleaning of the mouth, which is the only way to remove tartar from the teeth. If you have gingivitis, brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings can help reverse it.
4. Use a mouthwash
A rinse helps remove food particles and debris from your mouth, though it’s not a substitute for flossing or brushing. It helps prevent gum diseases, reduces the speed at which tartar builds up, reduces the amount of plaque on the teeth, and helps remove food particles from the mouth.
However, people should not use mouthwash as a replacement for brushing and flossing.
5. Quit smoking
Smoking is bad for your overall health but it’s strongly associated with the onset of gum disease which makes a person more susceptible, as it weakens the immune system. Quit smoking immediately to help reduce the risk of developing gum disease.
6. Choose the right toothpaste
With so many options of toothpastes to select from, make sure you choose one which contains fluoride and has the ADA seal of approval on the packaging.
Millions of people don't know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Book an appointment for consultation and know more about gum diseases by visiting our website: https://www.jehangiroracare.com/