How to Reverse Gum Disease
Millions of people across the United States are affected by gum disease. Another term for gum disease is periodontal disease. It ranges from inflammation in your gums to something more serious as gum recession, tooth decay and losing teeth.
Our mouths are full of so much bacteria that form plaque on our teeth. The longer plaque stays on our teeth, it hardens and become tartar. If tartar is not professionally removed, the tartar begins to be harmful and cause inflammation which is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is when your gums bleed easily, they become red and swollen. This mild stage of gum disease can be reversed. If you are at this stage, start brushing at least twice daily now, and flossing every night!
If gingivitis goes untreated and there is no improvement with oral care, this is when it advances to periodontitis. At this point the gums begin receding and forms pockets that can get infected with all the bacteria that forms in the mouth. At this stage bodies will fight really hard to stop infection and the gum disease from getting worse. As plaque spreads and grows right below the gum line, it will begin to break down the tooth and connective tissue that holds your teeth in.
Here are some signs of Periodontitis:
A constant bad taste in your mouth with foul breath
Receding gum lines
Wiggly teeth, or a change in feeling with your teeth when you bite or chew
Appearance of pus around the gum line
A proper home oral routine is the best prevention. Every morning, brush with toothpaste for two minutes, in a circular motion and make sure to go across the gum line. In the evening before bed, practice the same routine. After brushing, use floss and go between each tooth, making a c shape with the floss towards the neighboring tooth. Getting a water pik or an Interdental brush are also great tools to improve your oral health and prevent gum disease from getting worse or happening at all in your mouth.