If you have or believe you are suffering from gum disease, you already know that this inflammatory condition is the leading cause of tooth loss.
When the disease starts to set in, the connective tissue and bone of your teeth will become damaged. This leads to tooth loss. Let’s take a look at how we can prevent this disease from happening.
Early Signs of Gum DIsease
The bone tends to recede with gum disease, and the gums may or may not receded as well. Gum disease is not always noticeable because bone recession is not generally visible to the naked eye, however, so it’s important to have regular checkups with your dentist. You and your dentist should also be vigilant of these common signs of gum disease: bleeding gums during tooth brushings, sensitive gums, bad breath and teeth that have shifted or appear to be loose.
Causes of Gum Disease
Now that we know the signs, what are some of the causes of gum disease?
1.Improper Dental Hygiene
You can’t overlook the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. Plaque needs to be removed daily, and you also need to have plaque removed through regular dental checkups. Gingivitis can start to form when plaque is not dealt with properly, and this can eventually lead to gum disease.
2. Poor Habits
Poor dental habits like grinding or clenching your teeth can damage tissue. When this tissue is severely impaired, gum disease may form. If you grind your teeth during the night, it’s important to work with you dentist to find a solution. There are a lot of negative consequences from teeth grinding, and gum disease is one of the worst.
3. Medical Conditions
If you have certain medical conditions, medications can actually cause your gums to overgrow. If you have overgrown gums, you are more at risk for gum disease. Medical issues such as heart attacks, strokes and diabetes have been linked to gum disease, and kidney disease may also contribute to gum disease.
4. Changes in Your Mouth
Puberty, pregnancy and menopause all can affect the balance in your mouth. Although these changes are naturally occurring, these changes also make your teeth more susceptible to gum disease. There won’t be much you can do to stop it, you can at least be aware of the potential for these side effects.
Treatments and Solutions
There are a lot of options for treatment of gum disease: laser therapy, pocket elimination and tissue regeneration just to name a few. Of course, you need to work with your dentist to find out how far along your gum disease is, and a dentist can also help you fight gum disease through early detection.
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