What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or gingivitis, is characterized by the inflammation of the gingiva, or the gums. When dental decay remains unchecked, bacteria can run rampant. As they feed on the sugars in your mouth, bacteria produce acids that erode dental enamel, and toxins that inflame your gums. Over time, the soft tissues of your mouth tend to pull away from the teeth, causing gum disease.
Signs of Gum Disease
Although you might assume that gum disease is a rare condition, the fact of the matter is that you or someone that you know likely suffers from the condition. In fact, it is estimated that up to half of all American adults have gum disease. Here are a few of the signs, so that you can start treating the problem early:
Bright Red Gums: What color are your gums? While healthy gums are springy and light pink, unhealthy gums take on a darker, bright red hue.
Gums That Bleed Easily: Do your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss? If they do, it might not be your flossing technique that is the problem. Irritated gums are more likely to bleed, which might mean that you need to see a doctor.
Ways to Avoid Getting Gum Disease
Fortunately, you might be able to avoid getting gum disease in the first place. Here are a few ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy:
Painful and inflamed gums can be a sign of periodontal disease. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, contact us today for a complete oral exam.
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Don’t Smoke or Use Chewing Tobacco: When you smoke or use chewing tobacco, it limits blood flow to your gums, which can cause gum disease or spark problems with an existing condition.
Know Your Family History: People who have gum disease are more likely to have children who suffer from the condition. To avoid problems, talk with your parents and grandparents to see if they have ever been diagnosed with gingivitis. If they have, visit with your doctor frequently to have your teeth and gums checked for problems.
Eat A Healthy Diet: A healthy diet packed with fruits and vegetables can help you to fend off gum disease. Crunchy vegetables can help to stimulate your teeth, clean oral surfaces, and give your body the nutrition that it needs to fend off troublesome bacteria.
Focus On Proper Dental Habits: Don’t guess when it comes to your dental hygiene routine. If you suspect that you aren’t brushing or flossing properly, talk with your dentist. Ask what you need to change. By focusing on proper dental habits, you might be able to seek out and destroy plaque before it leads to gum disease.
If you have questions about gum disease or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brewer, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our front office. We will be happy to help answer any questions that you might have