In our pursuit to achieve more healthy and fulfilling lives many people are coming across a problem they didn’t foresee. As healthy as you might eat, as much as you might exercise or as healthy as your lifestyle is, there’s one thing that is very often completely neglected and it can lead to a lot of trouble.
This thing is mouth care, as the mouth is part of the body as well and can get unhealthy if not properly looked after, even more than the rest of you in fact, since so much foreign material goes through it on a daily basis in the form of your food and meals.
Brushing is Not Enough
You may brush your teeth, and that is the first step to maintaining a healthy mouth, but there are a few things you should do alongside that, and try to do whenever you clean your teeth. Mouthwash and flossing, for example, are great in preventing gum disease.
And your gum is almost more important than your teeth to keep healthy, so every little bit helps immensely. But what’s so bad about gum disease that it should be avoided as much as possible, that measures should be taken to avoid it?
Gingivitis is Beginning
The most common gum disease is gingivitis. This is a categorical weakening of the gums, often to the point where they start to decay and recede. This also means the support on the roots of your teeth is lessened by a great amount, so your teeth are much less sturdy.
In really severe cases of gingivitis the teeth have next to no strength and hurt if you bite down too hard, the gums bleed frequently and have become incredibly unsightly. As with most of the more common diseases like this it’s not necessarily serious unless left completely unchecked. It’s easy enough to prevent, anyway, provided you floss, as flossing helps to strengthen the gums.
But there are many other kinds of gum disease as well, and some of them can even be life threatening. How, you might ask, can something in your mouth be life threatening? Well the gums are muscles in the skull, and go back further than you can visibly see.
Gum disease is typically forms of bacteria that have infested the muscles and skin and are slowly causing it to degrade, among other effects that might come with whatever disease you’ve managed to pick up through not caring properly.
Gum Disease Leads to Other Infections
Because the gums go so far back and this bacteria claims free reign over them, it can easily lead to infections throughout the head. In such close proximity to the brain and other vital systems a simple infection can, in fact, turn disastrous and lead to death if not taken care of properly.
This is why gum disease is such a problem and why you should really look to take care of your gums, as unlike many parts of your body that you focus on making healthy, gum disease can end up killing you.
Preventing Gum Disease
So now that you know how serious gum disease is, how do you prevent it? Already mentioned are some of the easier ways to do so, namely flossing and using mouth wash. Flossing helps to strengthen the gums and clean out their bases where food might collect, while mouthwash contains a percentage of alcohol that works to kill bacteria in the mouth, including those that cause gum disease.
Together, combined with proper teeth care, this can be enough. Eating fruits with hard peels, such as apples, can also help since the peels perform the strengthening motions of flossing, if you eat it whole and don’t cut up the apple.
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As a regular contributor to www.cosmeticdentistglebe.com.au and other health and hygiene websites, Richard Cleary regularly writes about the topic of health and fitness, personal hygiene and well being.