Common Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
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ABOUT Gum Disease
Most cases of gum disease start with the buildup of plaque on teeth and gum lines. Plaque is a sticky substance containing harmful bacteria that can infect the gum tissues and cause gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. When left unaddressed for a long time, this gum inflammation can lead to advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis.
Other risk factors for developing gum disease include poor oral hygiene, smoking or using tobacco products, and certain medications that can cause dry mouth.
Practising good oral hygiene is essential in helping prevent gum disease. Regularly brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing between teeth, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can help improve plaque control and keep your gums healthy. Establishing consistent dental hygiene habits early on is important, as this will help minimise the risk of bacteria-causing debris in your mouth and thus prevent oral health problems like gum disease.
Furthermore, it would help if you visit the dentist regularly for preventative care, such as dental cleanings and check-ups. Here at West Perth Dental Centre, we can help you retain good oral habits to reduce the chance that you’ll develop gum disease.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, carries serious complications in your oral health. It can cause the gums to pull away from the tooth and lead to the loosening of the teeth. In advanced cases, the bacterial infection can deteriorate the jawbone, which increases the risk of teeth falling out. For this reason, it is important to take measures to manage gum disease and take control of your oral health.
Routine dental check-ups every six months are the go-to advice for many, but more frequent visits may be necessary if you suffer from gum disease. Depending on the extent of the infection, your dentist may advise periodontal maintenance every few weeks to every three months throughout your treatment. It’s important that you follow your dentist’s instructions to keep gum disease in check and achieve optimal oral health.
On average, without vigilant oral hygiene habits and periodontal maintenance, gum disease can reoccur within two to four months after management. Hence, it is important to note that after you’ve had treatment for gum disease, regular oral care and frequent visits with the dentist are crucial for preventing the recurrence of the condition.