Gum Disease is a Common Problem
Gum disease affects millions of individuals each year, leading to a loss of one or more teeth. It is possible to have mild to severe gingivitis, but if you visit a dentist regularly, it is typically diagnosed in the earliest stages before it invades the alveolar bones or jawbone. Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth, but it can spread to other parts of the mouth. If the condition isn’t treated and eliminated as soon as possible, then it can progress into periodontal disease. While mild gingivitis is simple to treat with antiseptic mouth rinses or oral antibiotics along with professional cleanings, serious gum disease can require removal of the diseased tissue and bone. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable when you understand what causes it. Children or teenagers can develop gingivitis, but it is more likely to occur as someone ages.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Experts believe that poor dental hygiene is the major cause of this disease. If you aren’t brushing enough, then the food particles remain in your mouth. When you have food stuck between your teeth or along the gums, the debris attracts bacteria. These bacteria destroy the enamel on your teeth along with infecting your mouth’s gums, bones and dental roots. While experts tell you to brush your teeth at least twice a day, there are great reasons for brushing more than this, including having fresher breath. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day to remove additional food particles and bacteria. If you have teeth that are overlapping or close together, then using an oral irrigator can prevent gingivitis. Additional causes for this disease include poor diet that doesn’t include a lot of vitamins and minerals. When you only eat low-quality snack foods and soft drinks, you are consuming too much sugar, sodium and fat, decreasing your overall health.
Bad Habits Can Cause Gum Disease
There are bad habits that make it more likely that you will develop gingivitis in your gums. If you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, the nicotine and other chemicals can affect your mouth’s soft tissues. The chemicals from tobacco also enter your bloodstream, changing your immunity levels, making it more difficult for your body to fight against the bacteria that is in your body. In addition, more dentists are treating patients for this disease because they have used substances that destroy the teeth and gums. Females who have one or more pregnancies are more likely to develop gingivitis as their hormone levels change, and this problem occurs again during menopause. If you have diabetes mellitus, then you can also develop gum disease easily. When you have gingivitis, you can have symptoms that include red, swollen or bleeding gums, and you should visit a dentist right away for treatment.
Get In Touch with Us to Learn More
To learn more about gum disease and what you can do to prevent it, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Carnegie Dental Clinic! At our convenient location in Victoria BC, our devoted and experienced staff will be happy to explain your options in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!