You have likely always heard that taking care of your teeth is important. You know that to do so you need to brush and floss regularly. This will help keep your smile white and radiant, and it will keep those cavities away. But how often do you hear that taking care of your mouth is equally important because it increases the health of your gums?
Having healthy gums is incredibly necessary for your mouth. If you don’t take good care of them by brushing, and by flossing, you can end up with difficulties you’d rather avoid. One such problem is gum disease. Did you know such a thing existed? If not, or you just need a refresher, gum disease is where plaque builds up on your teeth. Acid from this plaque gets onto your gums, which can damage them immensely. And unfortunately, sometimes you won’t know you’re suffering from gum disease for quite some time.
You may begin with a mild case of gum disease known as Gingivitis. This is where your gums become red and inflamed, and you begin to suffer with some bad-smelling breath, which is a result of this plaque build-up. If it goes undetected, it can lead to major complications.
So what are the signs that you might be suffering from the beginning stages of gum disease? Here are a few indicators to watch for:
- Frequent bad taste in your mouth or bad breath.
- Gums that bleed easily and frequently
- Gums that appear more red than usual (or than others’ gums)
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that seem to have shifted without warning
- Pus between the teeth and gums
If you have some or any of these symptoms, it is best to get to a dental professional. If you catch it, you can get the help you need to restore the health of your gums. The truth is that simply brushing and flossing at home will not be enough to get all the plaque build-up off of your teeth. In fact, professionals at www.medicalnewstoday.com claim that plaque reform rapidly on a person’s teeth. This can be done in a 24-hour period. This explains why taking regular care of your teeth is so important. Even skipping one day can lead to the hardening of plaque under the gum line. This leads to tartar, which causes bacteria growth, which leads to the acid that affects the gums in such a negative way.
Interestingly, some individuals are more at risk for gum disease than others (although all are at risk if they have poor dental hygiene practices.) Experts for Medical News Today also state that those who are at a higher risk include elderly persons, those who suffer with diabetes, those who smoke, those who abuse drugs, and those who have viral or fungal infections. These individuals should take extra measures to ensure the health of their gums through proper hygiene practices.
It makes sense why taking care of your gums is so important, doesn’t it? But if these facts aren’t enough for you, here’s another one: If you don’t take care of your teeth at home and with regular trips to your dentist, and if you then get a nasty case of gum disease, you are likely to face issues such as losing your teeth (and no-one wants to deal with that!)
So brush, floss, and visit the dentist often to ensure that you have a pearly white smile that lasts throughout the years. You’ll be glad you did.
Author Bio: Dr. Nathan Tanner is a dentist in Billings, MT., who has extensive experience through owning his own practice, Grand Avenue Dental Care, and from teaching cosmetic and pain-free dentistry at the OHSU dental school.