Overturning Gum Disease!

Taking care of your teeth is just as important as taking care of your body, it’s a must. Part of taking care of your body includes eating properly, exercising and making sure that you visit your general physician annually. Just as you take care of your body you must take care of your teeth in the same way and it includes cleaning your teeth regularly (brushing and flossing) and scheduling regular check-ups with your dentist. By cleaning your teeth properly and going to the dentist regularly you can prevent issues from occurring with your teeth. For example, if you don’t take care of your gum disease at an early stage then you could be putting yourself at risk for tooth(teeth) loss. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, you can prevent it from getting worse if you are in the early stages.

Gum disease starts with gingivitis and if you only have gingivitis then you’re in luck because it is reversible. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms then you can stay rest assured that it can be treated. The signs and symptoms are:

  • Sensitive feeling on your teeth
  • A substantial amount of tartar buildup
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Bloody gums when you brush your teeth or floss
  • Gums that are red or swollen

If you notice the above listed signs then you know it’s gingivitis but it is reversible so make sure that you do what you can to reverse it. Here are some things you can do help reverse it on your own:

  • Make sure that you’re brushing properly twice a day and while brushing make sure you’re using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Also, make sure that you’re not using old worn out toothbrushes because once the bristles wear out they won’t do a good job cleaning your teeth.
  • Making sure that you have enough moisture in your mouth is important because your saliva can help cleanse off bacteria from your gums and teeth. This includes drinking water and/or eating sugarless gum.
  • If your diet includes healthy nutrients then it can help improve your immune system and help slow down gum disease advancement.

Avoid gum disease by cleaning your teeth properly and visiting your dentist regularly. Your teeth will thank you for saving them from gum disease and other issues that could possibly occur. If you notice any of the signs that were listed above speak with your dentist so they can help you with cleaning and caring for your teeth.