Do you know that there is 99% chance that you or someone in your family has some form of Periodontal disease? There are many adults who have some type of periodontal disease. Here are some tips that can help you to Prevent periodontal disease as well as you can use it to keep up healthy smile for the rest of your life.
What are the symptoms?
- Bleeding gums when brushing your teeth
- Swollen and tender gums
- Shrunken gums separate from the teeth.
- The presence of pus between the teeth and gums when pressed with your fingers.
- Bad breath or a bad taste
Periodontal disease is caused by the presence of plaque that accumulates around the teeth. This is most damaging when plaque bacteria form colonies of bacteria. These bacteria grow very fast. If not removed, this plaque hardens around the base of teeth.
Periodontal disease is a slow, painless process, so most of the people do not even know that they have it. If the disease is diagnosed early, teeth can be saved.
Other causes of gum disease:
- Food between teeth, SMOKING, chewing snuff, excess consumption of alcohol, misuse of dental floss and toothpicks.
- Habits and condition of mouth. They cause tension in the oral tissues such as misalignment of the teeth, bad position of bridges or partial dentures, crowns defective, and some sucking habits or clenching of teeth and chewing ice.
- Unbalanced diet.
- Vitamin C deficiency.
- Increased hormones can aggravate the condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis”, to periodontitis which causes tooth loss.
- Some diseases like diabetes, uremia, liver cirrhosis, anemia and leukemia can affect the health of your gums.
- Some medicines like oral contraceptives, anti-epileptic drugs, steroids and cancer drugs affect the gums.
How to treat periodontal disease?
As you know that periodontal disease is a bacterial process, the progress of this disease depends on the patient’s resistance to these bacteria and genetic predisposition. The type of treatment you need depends on the intensity of periodontal disease. There are several surgical and non-surgical treatments options adopted to cure periodontal disease. Some of them are;
- Removal of dental tartar or cleaning plaque.
- Root planning.
- Curettage: Removing the damaged soft tissue and peri-dental bag. This helps the gum tissue to heal.
- Flap surgery. Remove plaque and diseased tissue. In this way the gum returns to its normal condition.
- Careful and proper brushing by using Nature’s Smile toothpaste for gum disease.
- Use of interdental brush and dental thread to floss.
- Using plaque disclosing tablets.
- Visit dentist after every three or four months for routine checkup of your teeth.
Treatment for periodontal disease does not eliminate the tendency toward the disease so the patient need to follow oral care tips to control periodontal disease. Visit here for more information about Periodontitis.