There Is No Need to Fear Gum Disease…

August 1, 2009

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Awareness of gum disease is at our fingertips. Education is readily available. Sometimes we neglect to realize how it can affect us. Bacteria, that forms in the mouth is a main cause. It can cause damage to the gums.

Once the bacteria settles over time, it begins destroying tissues between gums and teeth, known as periodontal disease. When this happens we know there is a problem, but don’t often think of gum disease as being the cause.

The initial stage of gum disease begins with plaque build up. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, and we aren’t always aware of it. If you are wondering how, its bacteria, that forms plaque. This can be controlled with regular dental visits routine cleaning. You can help with daily oral hygiene which includes brushing thoroughly after all meals and snacks. If you don’t floss, this a good practice to incorporate into your daily routine as well. This helps cut down on build up.

Eventually, plaque turns into a solid, firm layer which is identified as tarter. Once tarter sets in, it is extremely difficult to remove it. You’d have to seek a professional for a scraping as it is snuggly attached to the teeth. To avoid this phase of gum disease, good oral hygiene habits help. Going to your dentist, typically twice a year for cleanings, and the brushing and flossing are good prevention measures.

The next phase after tarter, is deterioration of the tissue. When the tissue has been damaged, it causes the teeth to separate. Meaning, they will soon become lose and in the long run, you will begin to lose them.

Education on gum disease, learning about its causes and effects can be alarming. With the advancements in technology and medical enhancements, it can be overcome.

Author: Scott Wells

Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. If you have or think you might have a health problem of any kind, visit your doctor or dentist for advice, diagnosis and treatment.


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