Our oral health is so connected to our overall health, that letting one part of the body go could affect the other. This being said, one of the biggest contenders that causes overall body issues is gum disease. Gum disease is a serious disease many people overlook because the signs are minimal until it’s too late. Gum disease can turn into periodontal disease, which can then dramatically affect the gum line, loss of teeth and other health issues, like heart disease or diabetes.
Bacteria found in our mouth is mixed with mucus and plaque. These substances form around our teeth, which is why it is necessary to brush at least twice, daily. Leaving the plaque on our teeth and guns causes the plaque to harden, turning into tartar. When tartar begins to form is when you should see a doctor for help. From there, the bacteria can cause our gums to inflame. At this condition, your oral health can be restored by brushing and flossing regularly. If you don’t treat gingivitis quickly, however, the disease can turn into periodontitis. At this stage, your gums become more unhealthy, causing easy infection. If you don’t treat periodontitis, you risk having loss of gums, teeth, and can cause permanent damage.
The importance of noticing and managing gingivitis early is immense. It is important to regularly watch for key symptoms that tend to be the most easily missed.
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
The aforementioned are the most commonly missed signs, because they can be associated to other problems, such as brushing your teeth too hard or eating too much sugar. It is necessary to contact your dentist if you begin noticing anything abnormal in your oral cavity. Schedule an appointment for regular dental maintenance. Your dentist and their team of specialists will be able to guide you through your issue and help you find a solution.