Because prevention is a key factor when it comes to any type of disease, it’s important to fully understand what it is and how it occurs. Once you gain a basic understanding of what periodontal (gum) 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 or reversing it in its early stages.
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
In order to reverse or prevent gum disease, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene. 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’d like to find out more about gum disease, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill and all surrounding areas.