Gum disease……sounds nasty doesn’t it? What is gum disease and how do you know if you have it? Your gums can become inflamed due to a buildup of bacteria between the teeth and gums. The early stage is called “gingivitis” and continual bad breath is a big giveaway. This may also include bleeding, tender or swollen gums when you brush or floss your teeth. It can be sneaky since it can progress without you really being aware…..and before you know it, it can move to the further stage of “periodontitis” which is a more serious form of gum disease described here. To prevent periodontitis and stinky breath in general, here are three things to do now for healthy gums!
Be Diligent With Home Care
Brushing and flossing are keys to oral health and go a long way in preventing gum disease and keeping your gums healthy. The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Make A Dentist Appointment
Once a year, minimum, should be your goal to keep ahead of any problems. A dental hygienist will do a thorough cleaning and show you the proper way to brush/floss your teeth; followed by the dentist doing an exam and discussing any treatment, x-rays or follow-up needed as well as any special instructions for at-home care.
Getting rid of stress should be a priority. Stress weakens our immune system and makes it harder to fight off infection including gum disease. Stress can also cause some people to neglect taking care of themselves and that could include oral hygiene.
Our teeth are on the list as one of those things we take for granted but are so important to our quality of life.
By keeping positive goals to eliminate stress, working on healthy eating habits, and sticking with a daily regimen of brushing and flossing, in addition to visiting the dentist, we are on the right path to health and wellness.