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Are There Any Easy Ways to Keep My Gums Healthy?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — anthonyg @ 7:31 pm
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Gum disease is an insidious threat to your oral and overall health. These ailments can happen even if the teeth are free from decay and can be completely painless, meaning that many patients go for quite a long time before realizing that they have it. While it can usually be reversed with improved oral hygiene if it is caught early, it causes permanent damage in its later stages. Here’s a brief guide to keeping your gums happy and healthy.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease results from plaque accumulating along and under the gumline. This illness starts as inflammation called gingivitis, which makes the gums inflamed, tender, red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. During this stage, the bone structure and tissues that hold the teeth in place are not affected, so it is possible to reverse the damage by improving your oral hygiene regimen.

However, if gingivitis goes untreated for too long, it will eventually become periodontitis. At this stage of gum disease, the fibers and bone tissue that support the teeth deteriorate, which can alter your bite, destroy teeth, and cause TMJ issues. This advanced infection can also lead to secondary infections like sepsis or pneumonia. Symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth or bad odor on your breath
  • Loose or lost teeth
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen, red, or tender gum tissue
  • The gums receding from the teeth

How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

Luckily, it isn’t hard to prevent gum disease from happening in the first place. To keep your gums and teeth in great shape, start by practicing excellent oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash daily to eliminate plaque, food debris, and bacteria. You’ll also need to see your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings so they can remove tartar buildup and check your mouth for any issues that must be addressed. These measures will prevent plaque from accumulating along or below the gumline, eliminating the cause of gum disease.

While gum disease is certainly an unpleasant little menace, it can be easily prevented with proper oral care. Preventing these oral health problems can help you to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life.

About the Author

Dr. Anthony Giamberardino earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1985 and regularly completes continuing education courses to stay up to date with the latest developments in his field. He is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the International College of Dentistry. His office in Medford, MA offers general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. To schedule your next dental checkup, contact his office online or dial (781) 396-3800.

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