Gum Disease Treatment Tips To Keep You Smiling
When we look at beautiful smiles, healthy gums send out a message of health and youth, and this can be achieved by following an oral regimen and using gum disease treatment techniques if necessary.
If gum disease is left untreated and it progresses, it can develop into a more severe form of gingivitis called periodontitis. At this stage, teeth can become so loose that surgery or tooth extraction is necessary. The good news is you can avoid that altogether with a strong at-home hygiene routine and regular visits to our practice.
Suspicious? What are the ways you can tell if you have developed gum disease?
Have you noticed blood on your toothbrush or in the toothpaste you spit out after cleaning your teeth? Perhaps your gums bleed when you eat. Or maybe you have really bad breath all the time (also known as halitosis). These are all signs of gum disease.
What are some of the causes of gum disease?
The seven main causes of gum disease include:
- Plaque buildup.
- Smoking and chewing tobacco. Smoking not only makes your teeth and fingernails yellow, but it also makes your mouth much more vulnerable to gum disease.
- Hormonal changes in females. During the time of the menstrual cycle (or if you’re pregnant), your gums may become inflamed, irritated, puffy, red, or bleed a little when brushing or flossing.
- Prescription medications. There are some drugs that give you dry mouth or reduce your saliva flow, which makes bacteria spread more.
- Nutritional deficiencies. If you ingest too many sugary substances or don’t get all your daily vitamins, it can make your mouth a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Crooked teeth. Crooked teeth can be a breeding ground for gum disease because plaque and tartar tend to build up between the gaps and spaces in the misaligned teeth.
- Family history. If there is a history of gum disease, talk to us, your dentist in McKinney, about it. Your genetics may put you at a slightly increased risk for infection.
Here are some home treatment options (traditional and more holistic) you can try…
- Brush and floss at least twice daily.
- Get rid of stubborn bacteria trapped under the gumline.
- Swish with mouthwash.
- Be careful with the foods and beverages you consume. Alcohol, carbonated drinks, and sugary snacks can all be harmful.
If you’re concerned about gum disease or are displaying any symptoms mentioned in this article, please call us at 469-352-9859 today. We can help keep your smile beautiful and functioning the way it should.