Gum Disease and How to Treat It
Most people consider oral care to be limited to just tooth care; however proper gum care is vital to good oral health. Just like a tree with rotted roots cannot survive, teeth rooted in rotted gums will not last. While caring for your teeth is important, caring for your gums is equally essential to maintaining a healthy mouth and a great smile.
Signs of Gum Disease
The first signs of gum disease or poor gum health are inflammation and reddening of the gums. If you notice that your gums are puffy and pink or red, especially close to the teeth, you may have developed the beginnings of gum disease. Another sign is gums that bleed easily. Catching gum disease early and taking steps to correct it important to your oral care because, if left untreated, mild gum disease can lead to serious problems like Periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when the gums become so rotted that they cannot support the teeth any longer. Periodontitis often requires surgery to correct, which is not only costly but painful as well.
However, if you maintain a good oral care routine and catch gum disease early, it is easily reversible. Here are three ways to prevent or treat gum disease.
Just like brushing is vital to caring for your teeth, it is also vital to caring for your gums. Brushing your teeth twice a day removes the plaque and tartar that builds up in your mouth throughout the day. When brushing make sure to focus attention on the bottoms of your teeth where they meet your gums. This will not only clean your gums and teeth, it will also show you if you are in danger of developing gum disease. If a light to moderate brushing with a normal toothbrush makes your gums bleed, you may be developing gum disease.
Flossing removes the plaque and tarter that gets stuck between and at the roots of your teeth and while flossing is important to keep your teeth healthy and clean, it is vital to gum health. Leaving buildup down at the roots of your teeth is one of the surest ways to develop gum disease. When flossing, make sure to floss all the way down to the gum; try to get the floss string as tight between the tooth and gum as possible to really clean out all the plaque and tarter that has gathered there. And again, if flossing causes bleeding in your gums, be aware that you may need to take further actions to cure gum disease.
Professional cleanings are the first step in any oral care routine. No matter how well and frequently you brush and floss, nothing can substitute an in-depth cleaning by a licensed professional. They can remove plaque and tarter from areas that a toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach. They may also be able to warn you that your gums are inflamed and in danger and provide instructions on how to correct the problem.
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