How to Recognize and Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease affects approximately half of all Americans. While that’s a startling statistic, what’s more notable is that most cases are preventable. The good news is that preventative care is simple and, by taking care of your smile daily, you can ensure you don’t become part of the statistic above.

 

Understanding Gum Disease

When teeth aren’t kept clean, bacteria starts to grow in the mouth. Bacteria can cause inflammation and, over time, lead to the development of gum disease. Gum disease doesn’t usually cause pain or discomfort as it begins to develop, making it more difficult to recognize at first.

However, there are symptoms that eventually emerge. If they are addressed when they first appear, it is possible to treat and prevent gum disease from returning. Symptoms include:

 

Prevention Begins at Home

Oral health begins at home. Here are some simple ways to take care of your gums and help prevent gum disease:

 

Professional Prevention Plays a Part

In addition to diligent at-home care, dental visits are also critical to gum disease prevention:

 

Prevention Begins With Proper Care and Professional Guidance

Only you can provide the day-to-day care your teeth and gums deserve. However, there is only so much you can do on your own and, therefore, you should visit your dentist regularly as well.

You don’t have to be one of the many Americans currently suffering from gum disease. By taking steps to understand, recognize, and prevent gum disease, you can enjoy a healthy smile, gums included!

 

Sources:

Ellis, R. (n.d.). The Truth About Healthy Teeth: At-Home Dental Care. Retrieved June 3, 2015 from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-14/gums-problems-gingivitis

Periodontal Disease. (2015, March 10). Retrieved June 3, 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/periodontal_disease/

Preventing Periodontal Disease. (2001, September). Retrieved Juen 3, 2015 from http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_08.ashx

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