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National Gum Care Month
When people talk about dental health, the focus is usually on the teeth; from tooth decay, cracked and broken teeth, tooth discoloration to misaligned and misshapen teeth. This skewed focus on teeth may create a perception that issues with the gum are not that much of a problem. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth as gum disease is actually a bigger issue than most people think, affecting more than half of adults over the age of 30, and a staggering 70% of those over the age of 65. Gum disease, if left to fester and if left untreated, can lead to loosening and falling out of teeth. Gum disease can also have a big impact on other health issues in your body as it has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease among other systemic health issues.
There is good news however, as not only can gum disease be treated, it can be prevented as well. And the good news keeps on coming, as given September is National Gum Care Month, this article will look to help you educate yourself on gum disease as well as helping you take care of your gums. Your gums are very important to you as they play an important role in protecting your teeth and as such it is important we show them some much needed TLC this month.
The first thing we are going to highlight here is on what causes gum disease? Dental plaque usually builds up on and in between our teeth as well as below the gum line. It is important that we clear plaque and stop it from building up, by ensuring we brush our teeth twice a day, flossing in between our teeth as well as going at least twice a year to the dentist for professional dental cleanings. This is because, if we don’t clear plaque, it will continue to build up and will harden into tartar.
Once tartar forms, it can only be cleaned by a dentist or a dental professional. The plaque provides a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in, and it is these bacteria that cause gum disease. Your body will try and fight the bacteria and the toxins they produce which will cause inflammation in your gums.
Gum disease comes in two forms; gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease and is mild, causing gum pain and bleeding, and if left untreated, it can then advance to periodontitis which is more severe and dangerous as it could cause you to lose your teeth.
The next thing we are going to highlight as far as gum disease goes is the signs that will help you know if you have it. Some of the early signs of the initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis, include your gums bleeding easily when you brush and floss, your gums appearing red and swollen in certain areas as well as feeling tender when you brush or touch them. The signs of periodontitis, on the other hand, include gum recession, a feeling like your teeth are loose as well as bad mouth odors or tastes. This is why it is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year, as this will allow your dentist to be able to detect gum disease early enough.
If you have gingivitis, however, worry not as the condition can be easily treated. You will need to go to the dentist, have it diagnosed, and from there, a professional cleaning will help treat it. The dentist will use the tools available to them to locate and lean all pockets of plaque and tartar as well as all the bacteria debris to ensure that the progression of gum diseases is halted. If you have periodontitis, you should also not fret as this too can be treated, though the treatment procedures used here are much more complex, and may even require gum surgery.
As part of National Gum Care Month, we are also going to highlight how you can take care of your gums so that you can be able to prevent gum disease. Prevention of gum disease is as simple as ensuring you practice good oral hygiene practices as well as maintaining a good diet. As far as good oral hygiene goes, you should ensure that you brush your teeth thoroughly with a soft-bristled brush as well as making sure you floss in between them as well.
Folks with a history of gingivitis or periodontitis maybe have to buy additional instruments that will enable them to effectively clean bacteria off their teeth and tongue, on the recommendation of their dentist. You should also ensure you visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular exams that will catch gum disease early as well as for professional cleanings. You should stay away from foods and drinks that are sugary and as such help feed the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Since uncontrolled diabetes may worsen gum diseases, you should also ensure you manage your diabetes effectively. Quitting smoking and staying away from tobacco products is yet another thing you should do.