Don’t Let Gum Disease Spoil Your Smile
If you have been reading our blogs on a regular basis, you may already know the answer to this question: What is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States?
It’s not cavities. It’s not injuries.
It’s gum disease.
It’s also true that most people will have some form of gum disease during their lives. In fact, a recent Centers for Disease Control report indicated that nearly half of American adults are living with gum disease.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Millburn Dental Arts wants you to know whether you may have a higher risk for gum disease than others. We also want every patient who visits our Millburn, NJ, dentist office to understand what they can do to prevent gum disease from development.
➤ Watch For The Symptoms
Mild gum disease can develop relatively quickly.
Your gums will turn redder or more swollen than they should be. Your gums will bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
This is a sign that you probably aren’t brushing and flossing like you should.
If you don’t take steps to treat your gum disease at this stage, then you will start to see the signs of periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease. Those symptoms include:
- Receding gums
- Sore gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Pus leaking from your gums
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment right away. It’s best to get treatment for your periodontal disease as soon as possible.
➤ Know The Risk Factors
Gum disease affects millions of people, but some groups are more likely to develop this condition than others. This may be because of certain habits. It also may be because of things that you can’t control.
Keep reading to see if you fall into any of the groups who should pay particular attention to their gum health:
- Tobacco Users
Tobacco is bad for your oral health, including your gums. All tobacco products will weaken your gum tissue and your body’s natural ability to fight off gum disease.
Furthermore, the damage caused by tobacco use can make gum disease treatments less effective. Tobacco users also are more likely to have recurring periodontal problems.
The reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, but one hypothesis is that dry mouth can be a symptom of diabetes. One suggestion has to do with saliva.
Saliva helps to remove the bacteria that cause gum disease. If your mouth is dry, you have less saliva, which makes it easier for the bacteria that cause gum disease to thrive.
It’s also important to note that gum disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. In others words, these diseases are bad for one another.
- People With A Family History Of Gum Disease
It may not be fair, but some people are more susceptible to certain diseases. Gum disease is no different. If it is a common problem in your family, take this as encouragement to practice preventive dental care.
Speaking of things that aren’t fair, females who are going through hormone changes are more likely to develop gum disease. This includes females who are going through puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
- People With Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
This may go without saying, but it’s important to say nonetheless. If you don’t take care of your oral health, you are inviting tooth decay and gum disease to take hold.
➤ Prevention & Treatment
The best approach to gum disease is preventing it. The next best approach is visiting Millburn Dental Arts to get treatment during the early stages of the disease.
Prevention starts by following the American Dental Association’s recommendations. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Scrub your teeth on all sides and brush your tongue when you are finished.
Floss between your teeth and gums every day. Any kind of floss will work as long as you actually use it.
Visit our office for routine cleanings and examinations. We will watch for the symptoms of gum disease. If we find a problem, we can advise you on the best approach to treating it.
Sometimes this may be as simple as improving your brushing and flossing habits. Other times this may involve laser dentistry and LANAP, a procedure to remove the diseased tissues from your mouth.
Protect Your Smile
We like seeing our patients’ smiles. Healthy gums are an important part of that.