Periodontal disease or gum disease as it’s commonly known can be found in nearly 50% of all American adults, aged 30 and over. It can be identified as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gum disease can cause serious oral health problems if ignored. Your dentist will agree that is the most common cause of tooth loss.
You should begin by looking out for the early signs.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is what your dentist will refer to as the milder form of gum disease or periodontal disease. The term periodontal literally means around the tooth, so this is where the disease is found. You can look for signs of early development by looking at the soft tissue of your gums. If you see swollen gums, bleeding gums, or receding gums then gingivitis has likely already set it. You will also likely see redness in the gum tissue. Gingivitis has the possibility of progressing into periodontitis which is one of the more serious types of gum diseases and will usually lead to missing teeth.
What Causes Gingivitis?
Gingivitis starts to develop in the gum tissue when a person has poor oral hygiene. Bacteria are left to multiply in the pockets between the teeth and gums. Plaque builds up when bacteria combine with mucus and other particles, and it will stick to your teeth. Daily removal of the plaque should be done with brushing and flossing into the gum line. A buildup will harden into tartar. This causes the immune system to respond which causes the swelling. The swelling causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating larger pockets. This gives more space for the bacteria and greater infection. This results in further infection as the pockets allow more bacteria to enter. This process is how gingivitis leads to another type of gum disease called periodontitis.
How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?
Mild gingivitis can develop into a more serious level of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is when the disease begins to deteriorate the underlying alveolar bone and tissue. If left untreated, the inflammation will increase and pocket depth will increase between the gums and teeth. The reduced level of support from the bone and surrounding tissue results in loose teeth which can eventually fall out.
How Can I Get Rid of Gum Disease Fast?
Good oral hygiene habits are essential to prevent gum disease. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day to remove the plaque from the surface of your teeth. Use floss at least once a day to get rid of the plaque in between your teeth and gums going up in the gum line. Rinsing the mouth can also help reduce the level of bacteria. Poor dental hygiene is one of the biggest risk factors in developing gum disease.
See a Dental Professional
If you are already seeing signs of gum disease then make an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist. They will provide the best treatment to reduce the effects of the disease. Dental cleaning may be used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces.
You could also try one of the proven gingivitis and periodontitis home remedies. One treatment proven to give results is coconut oil pulling. This is the use of coconut oil to swish inside your mouth. The lauric acid inside (45-50%) is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
What To Do If You Are Missing Teeth?
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