Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

Gum disease, or periodontal illness is not a pleasurable experience! If you want to prevent gum illness, or if you currently have it and want to battle it, read on….


Symptoms of Gum Disease

How do you determine if you have gum disease? Here are a few of the symptoms you may experience.

  1. Gum Inflammation – Frequently you will see inflammation of the gums and inner mouth to include bleeding, swelling and/or soreness.
  2. Bad Breath – Another common symptom is bad breath (a.k.a. Halitosis) or a bad taste in your mouth.
  3. Loose Teeth or Receding Gums – Other signs of gum illness consist of unstable or loose teeth, receding gums, and swollen areas between the teeth and gums.

Causes Of Gum Disease

What triggers gum illness? Quite simply, gum disease is caused by germs growing in your mouth.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum illness can be prevented by preventing the growth of mouth bacteria. Appropriate oral health goes a long way in preventing germ growth in the mouth. That means brushing your teeth after every meal, flossing and regular dental checkups. Likewise, a healthy diet low in refined sugars will go a long way in keeping unhealthy bacteria and gum disease at bay.


Treatment of Gum Disease

If you already have gum disease, there are a number of ways to treat it. The very first includes a trip to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar buildup that harbors the bacteria. In some situations, a deep cleaning beneath the gums is necessary.

Good oral hygiene and a healthy diet can help you prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place. Regular scheduled visits to a dentist also help in gum disease prevention.




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