Combatting Gum Disease: Prevention and Protection

Gum disease is something you are constantly warned about, but often do not see firsthand. Many Americans are not sure of the oncoming signs and symptoms of developing gum disease. On top of this, many people do not know basic habits that could be contributing to, or even preventing the spread of infection. For these, reasons, today we will talk a bit more about periodontitis, or gum disease, as well as what you can do at home to recognize it and prevent it.

Periodontitis is an expanding infection that starts in your gums, then slowly deteriorates the surrounding tissue and eventually your teeth. This infection can be detrimental to your overall oral health and can even spread to other areas of your body through the bloodstream. Though most developed gum diseases cause tooth loss, other major complications can occur in the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. For these reasons, it is essential to know the oncoming signs of poor oral health, as well as what simple methods you can do to prevent it.

Recognizing the Signs of Gum Disease

Some signs that your gum health or dental health may be lacking are noticeable even within the bathroom mirror. Some of these easily noticeable symptoms include: swollen or puffy looking gums, gums that feel tender or pain while chewing, gums that easily bleed or blood that occurs after brushing (and flossing) your teeth, and even bad breath.  The symptoms continue, but these are some of the most common, and most easily recognizable.

Now, for a non-avid flosser to have blood after flossing one’s teeth after a while, this is not a “red alert” for impending gum disease. In fact, this infection is easily avoidable if an individual changes their brushing and flossing habits and begins to regularly follow the recommended standards for oral care. But, if these symptoms are a regular occurrence in your life, it is worth looking into scheduling an appointment with your dentist to find a way to prevent further damage or spread of infection.

Our next edition will go over several ways to prevent periodontitis, as well as some habits that can either accelerate or decelerate infection growth. Thank you for joining us, and be sure to stay tuned for more helpful information!

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