If you took the time to think about a handful of thoughts that reoccur on a daily basis, gum disease probably does not fit the bill. It is probably a fact that you also are not thinking who is predisposed to this disease. Now is the time to start thinking about this disease that many American’s suffer from. Gum diseases or periodontitis can attack anyone at any age, and may be hereditary.
Periodontitis is an infection of the gums, which are the tissues that support your teeth. If not treated in time, it can turn into a bigger disease. If it the disease worsens, you may be at risk of losing your teeth as well as having the bones surrounding the gum become damaged.
As previously stated, gum disease can be hereditary, so certain people are more at risk of gum disease or periodontitis than others. The most common reason for gum diseases is bad maintenance of your oral hygiene. Taking good care of your teeth helps prevent contacting periodontitis. By brushing twice a day and flossing regularly keeps up good oral health. Eating well will also be a benefit because nutrients help the body fight infections. Even sleeping well and keeping yourself out of stress is as important as brushing your teeth when it comes to gum diseases.
Gum disease happens in stages which means many people might have it without even knowing. First there’s plaque that’s formed by bacteria along with mucus and other substances around the teeth. That’s why we brush our teeth regularly, to keep plaque off teeth and gums. If plaque is not treated in time, it hardens and becomes tarter, which is more harmful to the health of your mouth. Bacteria then attack the gums, making them infected. The gums then swell and become red and can bleed at slight pressure. If it is not treated at this point, the infection causes the gums to loosen up, making the teeth fall out and can damage the tissue and bones surrounding the teeth.
To avoid gum diseases, you should consult with your dentist as soon as you observe bleeding when you brush, your gums becoming more red, swollen or tender, or when you lose a tooth. You should also tell your doctor of all the medicines you are taking because certain medicines can cause gum diseases.