Have you ever rushed through brushing or skipped it altogether because of convenience or time constraints? If the answer is yes, you’re putting yourself at risk for gum disease, a serious condition that can affect your oral health and overall wellbeing.
Gum disease is a “silent,” disease that usually develops as a result of poor oral hygiene. If you’re not brushing well, bacteria can build up near the gums, causing inflammation. Some patients with great hygiene habits can still contract gum disease depending on their overall systemic health, daily medications or women who are pregnant. Not everyone experiences the tell-tale signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
The Signs of Gum Disease
Signs of gum disease include redness, receding gum line, bleeding when brushing or flossing, consistent bad breath, ulcers or signs of pus, and loosening teeth. If you start to notice any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist immediately. The progression of gum disease, or periodontitis, will continue to damage soft tissue, bone and may result in tooth loss. When the bacteria is left to get into your blood stream, it can lead to systemic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and Diabetes.
Because pain is not among one of the disease’s first signs, people who have noticed some of its symptoms may choose to ignore them, mistakenly assuming they aren’t serious. Nothing could be further from the truth as anything that lasts more than a few days, should be looked at by your dentist.
Even though gum disease is dangerous, preventing it is simple. The first step is simply brushing and flossing more. Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up. Frequent, thorough brushing and flossing can remove bacteria before it has the chance to turn into gum disease. The second step is cutting down on risk factors, such as tobacco use, stress, and teeth grinding. The final and most important step is to visit your dentist frequently for biyearly professional cleanings. Your dentist and hygienist are experienced with identifying the early signs and can treat the condition in the early stages.
Brushing can help you keep gum disease and its complications at bay, and visiting a dentist regularly can help you stay on top of your oral health. Contact Bailey Dental Group to schedule an appointment today!