What You Need to Know About Treating and Preventing Gum Disease

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Gum disease occurs when the tissues around your teeth become infected. Many people suffer from some form of gum disease. The disease can range from minor inflammation of the gums to more serious problems that can cause major damage to your teeth and gums. No matter what type of gum disease you suffer from, the severity of the disease depends on how well you take care of your teeth and gums. Your oral health can affect your whole body’s health, so make sure you are taking steps to prevent and treat gum disease.

Gum Disease

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease typically starts in the areas of your mouth that you don’t keep clean. Bacteria, along with the mucus in your mouth, cause plaque to form on your teeth. Plaque that is not removed begins to form a substance called “tartar” on your teeth, which, unlike plaque, cannot be removed by brushing.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease can be hard to detect. Because the disease is typically painless, especially in the beginning, you often don’t know you have it. Regardless, here are a few symptoms to watch for:

  • Inflammation or swelling of the gums (gingivitis)
  • Redness of the gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth
  • Receding gum lines
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth sores

How can it be prevented?

The key to preventing gum disease, according to a specialist from Knellinger Dental Excellence, is to keep your teeth free of plaque. Make sure you are brushing and flossing twice a day, and be sure to use a toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride. You also need to see your dentist regularly. Experts say how often you see your dentist may have an impact on your risk for developing the disease in the future.

What can you do to treat gum disease if you already have it?

In order to treat gum disease the infection has to be removed. What kind of treatment you need will depend on the severity of the disease. In order to treat the disease you must see a dentist. The dentist will remove the plaque from your teeth and do a deep cleaning of your mouth, concentrating on the areas around your gums. Any form of treatment will require you to maintain good oral health at home. If your gum disease is severe or it doesn’t get better over time, surgery may be required to fix the problem.

Whether your gum disease is minor or severe, the way you take care of your teeth plays a large role in treating and preventing the problem.

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  • I like that you describe what it is, how it comes to be, and the best ways to prevent. It’s all very concise for an easy read to understand how to handle gum disease. It’s best if you can prevent it, but I like that you also mention things to do if you already have it.

  • This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that bleeding when brushing could indicate gum disease. A few weeks ago, this started happening while I brushed my teeth, but I thought I was just being too rough. I’ll definitely visit my dentist to see if it’s gum disease and treat it if necessary. Thanks for the great post!

  • I had no idea that mouth sores can be an indicator of gum disease. It makes sense that bleeding or swelling would be, but I’d never thought about sores. Next time I’ve got sores I may have my dentist look at them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Your tip to visit a dentist regularly to prevent gum disease was really smart. The dentist will remind you to brush twice a day as well as recommend other good dental practices. If it’s possible, scheduling appointments far in advance will help to remember to meet regularly with your dentist.

  • Definitely brushing cannot remove plaque, tartar from the teeth. It requires different things like rinsing your mouth after eating, flossing, using warm water while brushing to maintain the oral hygiene. Visiting a dentist for dental checkup on regular basis is also important.

  • Thanks for sharing, it is important to care you gum at right time because more you late gum disease will get time enough spread all over in mouth. Along with this it is also important to visit your dentist within 6 months to control oral problems at right time.

  • Patients come to me and always ask How do I prevent gum disease naturally?
    It’s normally tough to explain when patients have a cavity, but unfortunately, gum disease can exist in your mouth without you even aware. In fact, you can have the beginning levels of gum disease without even observing any pain or discomfort.

  • I agree that if you have any type of gum disease you would need to see a specialist. I would imagine that finding someone reliable to treat you as soon as possible would be important. This would allow you to get better and be able to prevent any future disease from happening.

  • Casey, Great article!

    Prevention is better than cure because dental treatment is something expensive or can’t pay all cost at once. In such situations what are the alternative that are reliable and can reduce treatment cost.

  • Periodontal disease refers to various levels of severity of infection in the gum tissues. When bacteria in plaque builds up between the gums and teeth causes gum diseases. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed. To avoid deterioration of supporting bone structure and the gums suitable step of action should be taken at the right time for getting better result. So you should brush your teeth after meals and do floss helps to remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. You must get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from a dental professional.