In honor of September being National Gum Care Month, we have put together a short guide to educate you about the early stages of gum disease and update your knowledge on caring for your gums.
Your gums are not only important for your oral health, but also for your overall health. Your gums protect your teeth and their underlying bone structure to prevent bacteria from causing infections.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by bacterial infections in the mouth, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the damage caused by unhealthy gums does not stop in the mouth. Gum disease has also been associated with an increased risk of serious degenerative diseases. Additionally, there have been studies that show that bacterial infection and inflammation in the mouth can affect the formation of clogged arteries and blood clots.
The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, which can develop quite easily without proper oral care. The symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that are tender to the touch or when brushed
- Bleeding gums whenever you brush or floss
- Gum tissue has begun to pull away from the edges of your teeth
How to Prevent the Development of Gum Disease
All the measures that combat gum disease have an underlying theme of preventing bacterial infection. The combination of the following measures is the best defense you can take to avoid the development of gum disease:
- Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
- Don’t smoke
- Eat a healthy diet
- Keep to your regular dental check-ups/appointments
- Visit the dentist as soon as you see any of the early signs of gum disease
It is important to maintain your gum and overall dental health everyday, and not just during National Gum Health Month. If you are experiencing any of the early symptoms of gum disease, contact Monumental Dental today for a check up. Our dentists are also happy to give advice on how you can develop a plan to prevent periodontitis or gingivitis in the future.