What Is Gum Disease And How Can I Prevent It?
Many people think that having their gums bleed when they brush or floss is normal. Can you imagine if other bleeding body parts were treated as carelessly? “My hair bleeds when I wash it. It’s probably fine!” No one says this. So what makes gum disease so accepted? Probably a big part has to do with not understanding what gum disease actually is.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a result of bacteria found in dental plaque. Your gums become red, inflamed and may bleed as your body tries to fight the bacteria in the dental plaque. Good oral hygiene is the key for fighting gum disease. Proper brushing, correct flossing techniques and regular visits to your family dentist for teeth cleaning are all great ways to prevent gum disease and keep your mouth happy and healthy.
In a 1999 study, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that half of Americans over 30 had bleeding gums.
Don’t be part of this statistic. While the main aspect of gum disease is harmful bacteria, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These risk factors include:
- Smoking – in addition to all the other health risks it causes, smoking also increases the presence of gum disease
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Fluctuating hormones (such as menopause or pregnancy)
- Poor Diet
It’s important to know about gum disease so you can spot the early warning signs and get the correct dental care from your Crown Council dentist. If left untreated, the bacteria from gum disease can enter your bloodstream and cause serious medical issues in other areas of your body including loose teeth, stroke, heart disease and more. Contact a Crown Council dentist today to maintain a healthy mouth and body.