Watch out for Gum Disease

Watch out for Gum Disease

Gum problems are best treated during their earliest stages, when they are still relatively simple to manage and treat. When gum disease progresses into something more complicated, the necessary treatment correspondingly becomes more complicated, costlier, and may mean more discomfort for the patient. Gum problems can be prevented by combining good personal oral hygiene habits with regular dental check-ups, to prevent plaque from forming on the surface of gums.


How will you know if you have gum disease? The most common sign is bleeding and tenderness; you will notice that your gums become sensitive to even the slightest touch or pressure if you have gum disease. The gums will easily bleed especially when brushing the teeth, and also if they are nudged during mealtimes. Bad breath may also be present when you have gum disease, with this symptom often accompanied by a bad taste inside the mouth.

How can you prevent gum disease? The best way is to maintain good oral hygiene, and to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Thoroughly cleaning your teeth and mouth will prevent the formation of plaque, which can harm both the gums and the teeth. The use of dental floss also helps remove smaller pieces of food debris that may be stuck in between the teeth and the gum line, which tooth brushing alone may not remove successfully.

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