Periodontal (Gum Disease) health is wealth. That is a common saying that most people easily brush off without thinking keenly on its implications. Dental and tooth related ailments can be very devastating for your health and general well being. They make you weak and unable to perform your routine tasks and this can impact greatly on your lifestyle.
You may have heard that you need to visit a dentist regularly, as regular as twice a year. Well this depends on your oral health conditions. Sometimes you may need to visit one of our dentists in Mississauga clinic more than twice a year or even once a year.
Well, if in one of the visits you learn that you have periodontal disease, you are not alone. A good number of kids in the US and UK have some form of this ailment. It may be a simple inflammation on the gums or worse damage on the tissues or bones that support teeth. These could lead to teeth loss.
Gum Disease and Gingivitis
It is very common to have your gums bleeding while you are brushing or eating. This can be very painful and may even lead to loss of teeth. Usually, bleeding gums are caused by build-up of plaque, acidic saliva or poor dental hygiene.
When these bacteria are not cleaned it causes inflammations on the teeth known as gingivitis. The gums become red, swollen and susceptible to bleeding. Several visits to the dentist, regular flossing and teeth brushing will easily sort this problem out.
Sometimes drugs, vitamin deficiency and blood disorders may lead to gum diseases.
You need to see a dentist if you have the following symptoms:
- Bleeding and unhealthy gums
- Gums that bleed after brushing
- Swollen and red bleeding gums and a whitish tongue
- Over production of saliva that makes your gums bleed
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
Gingivitis precedes periodontal disease. If the former is not properly treated, patients are likely to contract periodontal disease which is very common for many patients. This disease is characterized by inflammations around the teeth; gums pull away from teeth and leave spaces that are prone to infections. If not treated the bacteria and the toxins from their reaction may react with the tissues that hold teeth in place and destroy your connective tissue leading to teeth loss.
Who Is At Risk
Everyone can get gum disease and consequently get Periodontitis. However these groups of people are more likely to get infected.
- Smoking not only increases the chances of this condition, but also makes it difficult to treat the infection.
- Hormonal changes in women make the teeth sensitive and vulnerable to gum disease
- Medications and other illnesses which reduce body immunity levels
How to Keep Gums Clean
- Brush your teeth twice a day; if not after every meal
- Regularly floss to remove plaque from your teeth
- Stop smoking
- Visit a dentist regularly for dental check up
Each time you visit a dentist you are actually doing your wallet a favor. An oral disease that would cost you a lot of money is prevented and eradicated. Cancer cells and tooth decay for example would require you to have a surgery to correct the problem. Visiting one of our dentists in Mississauga clinic can help note the problem earlier and leverage you from spending more money in the future.
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