Should I Concerned About Periodontal or Gum Disease?
Having healthy gums is as important as having a set of strong and white teeth. When some people think having excellent oral health means they focus most of their attention on their teeth. However, gums play a crucial role, not only in your oral health but also in one’s overall physical health.
Gum disease or Periodontal disease is something that can go undetected if you are not seeing the Dentist regularly. Were going to share early gum disease detection and preventative measures you can take to prevent it.
Why is having healthy gums important?
Think of your gums as the covering for the structure beneath the teeth. It provides a tight seal around the bones and the teeth against bacteria. If you do not take good care of your gums, plaque can form on the surface of the teeth. Now, when plaque is not removed, it releases toxins that can cause inflammation. This condition is called gingivitis.
Left unchecked, a case of gingivitis can lead to a worse problem known as periodontal disease, or gum disease. Gum disease is a type of infection that can destroy the gums and the underlying bone structure of the teeth.
If you fail to practice good oral hygiene and skip your visits to the dentist, the buildup of plaque can spread beneath the gum line and beyond areas which brushing cannot reach. If this continues, the plaque will cause the gums to become inflamed and detach from the tooth. This leads to the creation of gaps or pockets between the gums and teeth which, in turn, worsens the buildup of plaque.
Apart from this, periodontal disease can increase the risk of a person contracting cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections. This gum disease has also been associated with other medical issues, including strokes, premature births and diabetes.
How do you know if you are at risk for gum disease?
Although this gum disease is primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque, there are some people who are highly vulnerable to contracting the disease.
These include: smokers; patients with crowded or misaligned teeth; people who have braces or have undergone bridgework; patients who suffer from bruxism; people with poor nutrition; patients suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and HIV infection; patients taking medicines that can dry the mouth or cause gum enlargement, and people with fluctuating hormones.
The disease is also prevalent in people who are under a lot of stress. For some patients, the problem often lies in their genes.
What can you do to keep gum disease disease at bay?
Your best defense against gum disease (and other oral health problems) is practicing good oral hygiene.
Make it a habit to brush and floss your teeth correctly and consistently. Both can help prevent the buildup of plaque. However, doing both is still not enough. You still need to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist, through professional cleaning, can remove stubborn plaque found in areas that are hard to reach through brushing or flossing alone.