For many individuals, the arrival of September means back to school or work. However, with the ache of leaving summer behind we can sometimes forget that the month of September has more to offer. September is a great time to remember the importance of proper gum care, as it can make you a healthier person! Good oral health has been linked to the health of other areas of the body. Early action, recognition, and good oral health habits are essential steps to keeping your gums pain-free and pink!
Our gums help protect the roots of teeth and their surrounding support structures from bacteria that can cause periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 47 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. That is nearly half of American adults! Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can cause redness, inflammation and bleeding of the gums. When left without proper treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. If still untreated, plaque can spread below the gum line and become inflamed.
The primary suspect of gum disease is bacteria in dental plaque, which produces toxins that create an inflammatory process in the gums. The more the plaque builds up on teeth, the more the toxins begin to break down gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in their sockets. If not properly treated, periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth decay. Other factors including hormonal changes, medications, smoking, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene habits can also contribute to gum disease.
Sometimes symptoms of periodontal disease can easily go unnoticed. Be on the look out for tender gums, gums that are red or swollen, bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, receding gums, halitosis, and loose teeth.
Fortunately, gum disease can typically be avoided by proper dental care habits:
Don’t forget, good dental health benefits more than just a great smile!
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation. Dr. Ghazi is available to help you with periodontic needs and any gum disease-related questions.