Periodontal A Preventable And Treatable Gum Disease
Our mouths are filled with millions of microscopic bacteria swimming around. These bacteria are mostly beneficial, but when combined with other gunk and mucus in our mouths they harden to form plaque. We floss and brush our teeth to remove that plaque, and start the process all over again. Sometimes we miss a spot, and some people fail to brush at all.
It causes gingivitis when the plaque hardens, which is a fancy word for 'my gums are red, swollen and bleed a lot.' You might say Gingivitis, isn't a big deal. With regular flossing and brushing as well as attention from a dentist, it will be a thing of the past. If left alone, on the other hand, it will become extremely hard and thick. The gums, knowing that gingivitis is gross, will begin to pull away from the teeth. Gum disease is entirely preventable, and in the long run treatable
First, brush and floss your teeth. Next, identify if you have some of the common risk factors such as:
• Smoking, which will also kill you
• Hormonal changes in women
• Genetics, meaning that some people are just prone to gum disease.
• Other diseases
Regularly maintaining your teeth is the best bet despite these risk factors. You should brush twice a day using a soft brush and applying fluoride toothpaste in gentle circles. Then, you must floss at least nightly. Ideally, you would swish with a mouthwash, but brushing and flossing is the bare minimum. Concentrate on actually cleaning all of the areas of your mouth, not just moving the toothpaste around long enough to tell yourself you brushed. Generally speaking, this is enough to prevent periodontal disease.
• Persistent bad breath
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth
Say that you need to see a dentist, preferably immediately. They will first most likely take x-rays to see if there is any bone loss. If they are a periodontist, a specialist, they will be able to steer you in the right direction to correct this illness.
Treatment is focused on removing the bacteria that have infected your teeth, and then helping the gums to heal over the exposed air pockets. The first step is a deep cleaning, followed by medications such as an antiseptic mouth wash. Serious cases may involve periodontal surgery, which is performed under anaesthesia by a dental surgeon.