There are a great deal of people in this world who have no idea that they have gum disease. Up to 80% of the population does, but few appear to be aware of its presence. It is a quiet ailment at first, eating away at your gums and teeth, but when it becomes more noticeable it's generally already too late to avoid serious problems. Not only can gum disease lead to your teeth falling out or dying and you suffering a great deal of pain in the process, but it can also increase your risk of having to endure a stroke or a heart attack, events that have the power to cut your life short.
In its early stages, the symptoms of gum disease are mild. Your gums might be a bit swollen or sensitive and you might experience some bleeding when you brush. However, things get much worse from there. It is important to visit your dentist regularly so that they can warn you if gum disease begins to develop in your mouth. There is not cure, but there are many ways to combat the ailment. Together, you and your dentist can create a plan.
How to Combat Gum Disease
- The most common factor in the fostering of periodontal disease is plaque, a colorless film which eats away at your teeth and gums. Thankfully, this factor is also the most preventable, as plaque can be dramatically depleted through the usage of proper brushing a flossing techniques.
- If it is not removed through brushing and goes untreated, your gums and teeth will break down more and more until serious problems begin to develop, effecting not only your mouth but your overall health as well. For this reason, regular dental visits are an integral part of proper dental hygiene. Your dentist can keep a close watch on your gums, alerting you to any problems which may be developing.
- Brush at least twice and floss once every day, and be sure to use a good mouth rinse as well. If you're suffering from gum disease at any stage we can recommend products which can help. We can also critique your brushing and flossing technique and show you the proper methods.
Finally, if you think you've conquered your periodontal disease that doesn't mean you're out of the woods yet. Go to the dentist, brush and floss regularly and you just might be able to keep it away for good.