Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. Gum diseases are the cause of 70% of tooth loss in adults. It is very important to take precautions and start treatment in the early stages of the disease. Prevention of gum disease also supports the protection of teeth and oral health. The most important reason for gum disease is not paying necessary attention to oral care. Using dental floss and brushing your teeth regularly is the first step in preventing gum disease. Because the dental plaques accumulated between the teeth lead to cavities and gum diseases when not cleaned well.
Symptoms of gum disease
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Gums that move away from the tooth
- Swollen and red gums
- Newly formed gaps between teeth
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
- Bad breath in mouth
- Tooth swinging
These are signs of gum disease. The basis of treatment includes dental plaque cleaning and comprehensive oral hygiene. In advanced gum disease, some surgical operations and medication may be required. For healthy gums, it is important to brush teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes, floss and use mouthwash. Dental plaque cleaning every 6 months is also important. Removal of plaque and dental calculi accumulated in the teeth will greatly reduce your risk of gum disease.