Do I have gum disease?
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Everyone knows that they should be brushing at least twice a day to protect their teeth and gums, but few people really know enough about gum disease or other dental problems to really be proactive with their oral health. Because of this general lack of understanding around 70 percent of adults will develop gum disease at one time or another.
So, now you may be asking yourself, “Do I have gum disease?” If your dental routine is less than perfect, then there is definitely a chance that you may have the condition. If possible it is best to get it under control before it worsens because treatment for more advanced gum disease can be painful and costly.
So, how do I know if I have gum disease?
Fortunately, there are a number of symptoms that you can look out for that indicate you may be developing gum disease. Early signs of mild gum disease such as gingivitis include:
Signs that your gum disease may be developing into a more serious stage include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should visit your dentist for advice immediately.
What are the causes of gum diseases?
The primary cause of gum disease is the build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums. Everyone wakes up in the morning with a thin film of sticky substance on our teeth and gums – this is plaque. It develops as a result of bacteria in the mouth and over time this plaque can harden and become tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist.
How to treat gum disease
In the early stages, gum disease can be easily treated by following a consistent dental health routine at home. This should include brushing after each meal, flossing to remove food particles and bacteria stuck between teeth and using a mouthwash to flush away residual bacteria.
Additionally, you should quit smoking and cut down on sugary foods in order to reduce the ability of bacteria to grow freely in your mouth. You should, of course, visit your dentist regularly for them to check how the gum disease treatment is going.
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