Prevention is a key factor when it comes to preventing any type of disease, including periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), which is why it’s important to fully understand what it is and how it occurs.
Once you gain a basic understanding of what periodontal disease is, you’ll learn how to prevent bleeding of the gums from progressing to a much more serious condition that can result in tooth loss. Also, being aware of the signs and symptoms that accompany gum disease can be helpful in reversing it in its early stages.
What are the risk factors?
While bacteria is the main cause for periodontal disease, there are many risk factors that can cause the condition to worsen.
- Smoking/Tobacco Use
- Alcohol Abuse
- Hormone Changes
- Certain Medications
- Poor Nutrition
- Poor Oral Hygiene
Early Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can be reversed. Although, you’ll have to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms before you can do anything.
Some of the noticeable signs and symptoms include:
- Swelling or bleeding of the gums
- Bleeding gums whenever you brush or floss
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Large plaque buildup, resulting in tartar
- Heightened tooth sensitivity
How YOU Reverse Gum Disease
It’s essential to practice good oral hygiene if you’re planning to reverse and prevent gum disease from returning.
Starting with an ideal brushing regimen, which includes brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day. If your toothbrush is old or becomes frayed, be sure to replace it. Once the toothbrushes bristles start to wear, they won’t clean as effectively, especially in areas where bacteria is more likely to buildup, like the gum-line.
Saliva is a natural cleanser that helps wash away bacteria from both your teeth and gums. So, be sure to keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water or by chewing sugarless gum regularly. Doing so will help stimulate saliva production.
Research has shown that following a healthy diet containing nutrient rich foods can boost your immune system, slow the progression and increase your chances of reversing gum disease.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.