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Gum Disease-What Is It

The most frequent cause of tooth loss in adults is a disease called periodontitis. It is, unfortunately, a common condition that involves shrinkage of the bone and gum around the teeth which leads to inflammation and tooth mobility. If periodontitis is left untreated, infection can manifest and cause gum abscesses which are often painful and lead to tooth extraction.

 
What causes gum disease?
 
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque. If plaque (and bacteria) is left to build up it can lead to inflammation and destruction of the supporting tissues around the teeth. In most cases practising good oral hygiene can help to prevent gum disease but sometimes it’s not always that simple; as a dentist I see people all the time who openly admit to not looking after their teeth and yet they do not get periodontitis but some others who are obsessed with their oral hygiene suffer greatly from it.
 
The exact reasons why some people are more prone to getting periodontitis are not fully understood but it could be in part due to variation in response to the bacteria in plaque by different individuals.
 
So what can you do to prevent gum diseases?
 
By maintaining a good level of oral hygiene you can usually prevent the onset of gum disease. Mild cases of gum disease can also be treated with a rigorous oral hygiene routine including brushing and flossing and a little help from your dentist with professional cleaning.
 
Visiting your dentist is the best way to check for and prevent the disease. In the early stages of gum disease it can be hard to spot symptoms as they usually only develop in the later stages. One of the main things you can look out for is bleeding gums, this is often the first sign that something is wrong and it is advisable to visit your dentist to get it checked out. If diagnosed early, periodontitis can be treated with non-surgical treatments and improved oral hygiene.
 
Prevention is the always the best cure for any kinds of problems or disease. Proper oral hygiene like brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily is a good way of preventing gum disease. Make it a habit to visit your dentist to have regular dental cleanings and dental check ups. Visit your dentist at leas once every six months.
 
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