Healthy Gums Equals Healthy Teeth

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Gum health is essential for good teeth and overall mouth health. Plaque and bacteria left to fester on the gums will eventually cause periodontal disease (gum disease). This can result in tooth loss, and a variety of other health problems.

Signs of Gum Disease

There are several symptoms of periodontal disease. Most of these symptoms are obvious, and should be treated immediately. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, contact your dentist for treatment, and for advice on forming better dental hygiene habits.

  • Bleeding gums – This can happen while eating, flossing, or brushing, and can be accompanied by mild discomfort. Pregnant women have a tendency to have gums that bleed easier than usual, and isn’t always a result of gum disease.
  • Red, swollen or painful gums – Pain and swelling can sometimes indicate infection. Infected gums can lead to tooth decay and loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Excessive amounts of bacteria and infection between the teeth can cause persistent bad breath that is difficult to get rid of. Bacteria can also accumulate on the tongue. Neglecting your tongue while brushing is a big cause of bad breath.
  • Receding gums – This symptom can be very alarming, and is a strong indicator for gum disease. Your gums begin to shrink and recede, making it appear as if your teeth are growing longer. This is the result of gum tissue wearing away from neglect. If this condition goes untreated, it can almost be guaranteed that tooth loss and infections will occur.
  • Loose or separating teeth – If you notice the spaces in between your teeth growing, you should contact your dentist promptly. Loose teeth are able to move around, which causes the spacing. Like receding gums, loose teeth are caused by the gum tissue wearing away.

Any of these symptoms should be addressed immediately to avoid further damage or tooth loss. Daily brushing and flossing will fix most minor cases of gum disease, but to be safe, It’s better  contact your local dentist for thorough evaluation and proper treatment.

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