Signs of gum disease and prevention tips


Everyone wants to know about gum disease and prevention to maintain good healthy teeth. Gum disease is a common condition where ones gums become sore, swollen or infected. If you are suffering from gum disease, the gums may bleed while you brush the teeth and you may also have bad breath. This condition of gum disease is called as gingivitis. If it is not treated, a status known as periodontitis can build up. This affects teeth tissues that support the teeth and keep them in the right place. If you do not treat periodontitis condition as soon as when you notice it, the bone in the jaw can decay and little spaces can open up in the middle of the gum and teeth. The teeth can turn loose and may as a result fallout.

Causes of gum disease:

It is caused by a development of plaque on the teeth. It is a sticky substance that has bacteria, that makes while you dentistdrink and eat. Certain bacteria in plaque are not dangerous, but some bacteria are dangerous for your gums health. If you do not clear the plaque from the teeth through brushing them, plaque will develop and irritate the gums, resulting to swelling, redness and soreness.

Seeing the dentist:

You must book an appointment to visit the dentist clinic when the gums are swollen, painful or when they bleed while you brush the teeth. It is good to see a dentist in your local area. The local dentist can make a detailed dental test to check the health of the gums that may involve placing a thin metal stick by having a bend in one end next to the teeth. In certain cases, lot of x-rays may be required to verify the condition of the teeth and jaw bone.

Preventing and treating:

Minor gum disease can generally be treated by keeping a good amount of oral hygiene. The treatment includes brushing the teeth minimum two times a day and flossing on regular basis. You must ensure you make dental checkups on regular basis.



Flossing removes the plaque that is stuck between the teeth. Unless there is huge gap between two adjacent teeth, it is impossible for the toothbrush bristles to reach the spaces between the teeth. You can floss your teeth just before or after brushing before going to bed. Be gentle when flossing the teeth so that you don’t cause injuries to your gums. You may bleed at first but the bleeding will eventually stop with time.

Use an alcohol free mouthwash

An alcohol free mouthwash containing fluoride can prevent tooth decay. However, you should not use your mouth wash immediately after brushing. You should choose a separate time, such as after breakfast to use mouthwash. Do not eat or drink anything after using your mouthwash for at least 30 minutes.

Regulate your diet

Regulation of diet will also help you to prevent tooth decay. You should limit the amount of sugary foods you take.images (2) Stay away from sweets and candy. Take sugary foods an drinks when taking your meals. Do not eat sugary foods and snacks in between meals. Reducing your intake of sugary food will also have massive benefits to your health.

Most the sugars that people take are contained in processed foods and drinks. The foods and drinks include sweets, chocolate, buns, cakes, pastries, puddings, table sugar, jams, ice cream, sweet sauces, fizzy drinks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc.

There are many healthier alternatives to sugary snacks. Good examples include fruits, vegetables, cheese and unsweetened coffee or tea. There are some artificial sweeteners that do not contribute to tooth decay.

If you are victim of tooth decay, you should talk to your dentist to know about the treatment options available to you. Your dentist can recommend that you go through periodic fluoride treatments if you are not getting enough fluoride. The decayed tooth may also require filling. The dentists may recommend antibacterial rinse and other treatments if you are vulnerable to decay because of a medical condition.

Good oral and dental hygiene is very important in the prevention of tooth decay. People who pay close attention to their dental hygiene are less likely to suffer from tooth decay.