What Gum Disease Is and How You Can Prevent It and Treat It
Have you ever observed the fact that your smile has the power to make a difference by reducing your stress, cheering you up, and making others happy? An attractive smile comes from having healthy teeth. Teeth are not only important for your smile, but also have a close connection with the whole body. Healthy teeth protect you from other diseases like diabetes, indigestion, heart attack, etc.
In order to ensure you have healthy teeth, you should be aware of some of the oral diseases that can adversely affect your whole body’s health and should visit your dentist every six months.
This article will provide valuable information regarding one of the most common oral diseases, which is gum disease. It is also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Because it is such a common condition, it is important to be aware about gum disease, its symptoms, causes, and some tips for treatment. Anyone who knows these things will be better able to have a healthy smile.
What is Gum Disease/Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
Gum disease generally starts with the bacteria growth in your mouth. If you have a careless attitude and don’t consult your dentist and thus don’t take proper care of your teeth, it may lead to tooth loss due to destruction of tissue that protects your teeth. There are minor differences between gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is gum inflammation, which usually precedes periodontal disease, in which the gum’s inner layer and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets.
Main Causes of Gum Disease
The main cause of gum disease is dental plaque. Some other factors that lead to gum disease include hormonal changes (during pregnancy, menstruation, etc.), side effects of a medication, smoking, poor dental care (i.e. not brushing teeth properly and daily), and illness.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Some of the symptoms by which you can detect gum disease include bleeding from the gums during brushing of the teeth, swollen gums, consistent bad breath, deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums, etc. But sometimes even if you don’t detect any such symptom, you can still have some degree of gum disease. Thus frequent dental visits are highly recommended. Only a dentist can diagnose and treat gum disease before it leads to tooth loss.
Treatment of Gum Disease
If you detect any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He may treat them through deep cleaning, medications, or surgery, depending on the degree and intensity of gum disease you are suffering from. There are also some homemade remedies to treat gum diseases, which can be very useful. Some of these remedies include:
- Reduce stress levels.
- Make a solution of sea salt and warm water. Swish a sip of this solution and spit it out several times a day.
- Rubbing some honey on your teeth.
- Drinking cranberry juice can help prevent the bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
Make a paste of lemon juice and some salt and apply it onto your teeth to treat gum disease.