If you are experiencing bad breath or bleeding gums when you brush, this is just the beginning of gum disease. Maybe these conditions are not bothering you too much and you think is ok to wait, maybe they will go away with time but, when not treated, the only outcome is that the symptoms and the condition will get worse.
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! Visiting Dr. Pieter, Dr. Lina or Dr. Brandon regularly will help you to keep you mouth and teeth healthy and prevent any issues that could hurt you or your pocket!