Maintaining Healthy Gums
Posted December 10, 2015 by Wager-Evans Dental
Oral health is a measure of more than just the health of your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth can cause you to develop gum disease, which can cause several unpleasant symptoms. Maintaining good preventive habits, like brushing and flossing, and keeping regular appointments with your dentist, can lower your risks for gum disease. If you are worried you might have issues with your gums, you should talk to your dentist, as more advanced problems with your gums can lead to serious complications with your oral health.
Gum disease can occur when the plaque in your mouth infiltrates your gum line. The onset of gum disease causes your gum line to recede from your teeth. Your gums can also become swollen, sensitive, and prone to bleeding. Chronic bad breath can also be an indicator of gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease is often referred to as gingivitis. Its more advanced form is typically called periodontitis. If gum disease is not addressed quickly, and it advances to periodontitis, it can put you at risk of losing teeth, as the advanced recession of your gums leave your teeth with less support. Teeth made vulnerable by gum disease can feel loose, and can even shift out of position. If you have lost a tooth or teeth to gum disease, a dental implant can serve as a replacement.
As with any matter concerning your oral health, prevention is the best treatment. However, if you have developed gum disease, your dentist can offer treatment. Your dentist can provide you with a custom-fitted Perio Tray, which allows you to treat your gums with an approved solution from the comfort of your own home.