There is often a lot of talk about gum disease and the dangers associated with it. However, you may be under the impression that this isn’t something you should be worried about. So what if my gums feel a little sore every now and then? Well, we’re here today to tell you exactly what you should be concerned about.
How Can You Get it?
Gum, or periodontal disease, is characterized by swelling, pain, and inflammation of the gumline. Although causes can range from lifestyle habits to having a genetic predisposition, it all boils down to the bacteria living in your mouth. If allowed to grow out of control, bacteria can easily colonize the gumline and cause inflammation, or gingivitis. If left untreated, this condition will worsen into periodontal disease, which is much more serious and harder to treat.
Why is it Dangerous?
Gum disease causes a slow destruction of the support structures that hold your teeth in place. The infection can easily spread from the gums to the surrounding bone and cartilage. Furthermore, a severe case of periodontal disease can be threatening to more than just your oral health. Some research has found correlations linking those with gum disease to being at higher risk for heart disease. It is theorized that large bacterial infections may cause some bacteria to enter the bloodstream, where they can latch on to fatty deposits and contribute to arterial blockage.
What Can I Do to Prevent It?
Luckily for us, prevention is simple and effective. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste remains a highly efficient method for keeping gingivitis far away. Follow up your brushing with a thorough flossing to really ensure that you’ve minimized the amount of harmful bacteria that have taken up residence around your teeth. Finally, finish off your night with a swish of mouthwash to kill off any stragglers. Congratulations, your attention to your oral hygiene has protected you from the dangers of gum disease!
If you’ve got swollen or bleeding gums that don’t seem to be getting any better with brushing and flossing, you’ll want to go and see a dentist. Centennial Smiles Dental is always happy to take on new customers, even if it’s simply to offer advice. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 587-353-5060 today!