Bad breath and bleeding gums when you brush are signs that gum disease is starting in your mouth. You probably are thinking, is gum disease really that bad? Will it just go away with time?
Research has linked oral health problems, such as periodontal or most commonly known as gum disease, to other health conditions.
But what exactly is gum disease?
In simple words, periodontal disease is a serious gum infection of the soft and hard tissues that hold your teeth in place. This is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene -poor brushing and flossing habits- allowing plaque, a yellow sticky film of bacteria, to build up around your teeth and harden. Without treatment, the gums becomes infected, destroying the bone that supports your teeth and that is when a tooth can get loose with the risk of being extracted.
The good news is that gingivitis, which is early stages of gum disease, can be treated and cured when caught in time but, if the infection has progress and reached periodontal disease it can’t be cured, only treated by a professional. In most cases, gingivitis can take in between 10 to 14 days to clear up if you follow all of your dentist instructions. If your gingivitis is more advanced, could take a little bit longer to treat.
To help prevent gingivitis, there are a few things you can do:
- Visit your dentist for a professional clean – the most common suggestion is to visit your dentist either every 6-12 months
- Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes
- Make sure you clean in between your teeth either using floss or interdental brushes (Piksters)
Early detection is the key when it comes to Oral Health. regularly will help you to keep you mouth and teeth healthy and prevent any issues that could hurt you or your pocket!
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