Oral health is not always about clear and straight smiles, but also about gum health. Keeping your gums healthy and functioning is also an important aspect of maintaining good oral health. Although you don't suffer from cavities or decay, it needn't conclude the same about your gum health.
Almost 50-70% of the Americans suffer from diseases that affect the health of their gums and most of them don't realize that. Hence, it advised to routinely visit your dentist at least once in six months to have your teeth and gums examined for signs of abnormalities.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a serious condition that compromises the health of the gums. The initial stage of the gum disease is when bacteria begin to build along the gum line. Such bacteria leads to the formation of plaque that can cause infection to the gum and bone. This can, in turn, lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Gingivitis could cause your gums to swell and bleed.
How do we diagnose gum disease?
Gum disease may be diagnosed in the following way:
What is the process involved in treating gum disease?
Gum disease may be treated by adopting routine cleanings and care. Seeking professional dental care is the key to starting treatment.
How can you prevent the chances of gaining gum disease once it has been healed?
Although it is always recommended that the patient visits the dentist at least once every six months, patients can also carry out simple oral health care routines at home such as:
By ensuring timely care and routine cleaning, we can make sure to keep your gums healthy and functioning. Request an appointment with us today to find out more about gum disease and ways to prevent it.