Happy National Gum Disease Month! If you have healthy gums, now is the time to give yourself a pat on the back. However, if you’re on the path to gum disease, now’s the time to put on the brakes. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at gum disease and let you know what you can do to prevent it.
From Gingivitis to Periodontitis
Gum disease starts with gingivitis, a milder form of the disease. Why does it happen? You’ve got plaque to thank for that. When you consume starchy and sugary foods, they create plaque. That plaque is filled with nasty bacteria, and as it builds up, it gets under the gums, resulting in inflammation and irritation. If left unchecked, gingivitis will go on to become a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Identifying Gum Disease
Gum disease comes with a variety of different signs and symptoms. Early symptoms include gums that bleed and feel swollen or irritated; discolored gums; bad breath; and receding gums. If it progresses, severe gum disease is linked to tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
Preventing Gum Disease
Don’t want to deal with any of that? Of course you don’t. That’s one of the many reasons why oral health care should be your number one priority. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, be sure to eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water. Regular visits to the dentist are also key. When you see us twice a year, we can spot early signs of gum disease and help you prevent its progression.
Tooth & Gum Care in Ewa Beach, Hawaii
We’re here to help you prioritize your gum health. With an array of preventative and restorative services at our practice, including gum disease treatment, we have the tools to help you avoid or reverse gingivitis. You can book an appointment by giving our office a call, or by stopping by our website.