Gum disease is one of the major symptoms that attributes to poor oral health. Gum disease is typically broken up into four distinct stages; gingivitis, slight periodontal diseases, moderate periodontal disease and advanced periodontal disease.
The trouble with gum disease is it’s unlikely that you’ll experience a major degree of sensitivity in the early stages (gingivitis). This means gum disease can easily reach the advanced stage before you even notice, making it harder to reduce gum disease. Without regularly visiting the dentist, your gums could be majorly impacted before you even realise and, before you know it, you’ll require emergency treatment at the dentist to reduce gum disease.
The Warning Signs
Gum disease isn’t physically noticeable at its early stages and any signs are likely to be seen at the advanced periodontal disease stage. You need to be mindful of the following warning signs of gum disease:
- Pain inside of the mouth owing to swollen or tender gums
- Excess bleeding when brushing and flossing your teeth
- Gum recession – where the gums are pulling away from the teeth, showing the full tooth structure
- Teeth becoming loose or wobbly
- Sores inside the mouh
- Regular bad breath
The warnings you may experience are more noticeable when you’re at the advanced stage of gum disease. This is also a sure sign of poor oral hygiene, including a lack of dental check-ups.
How Does Gum Disease Form?
The first signs of gum disease begin to form through plaque, a pale, sticky substance comprising harmful bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque begins to form from leftover food debris and saliva. Both properties come together to form plaque if you don’t clean your mouth or brush your teeth.
When plaque forms on teeth, it can be very difficult to remove it through standard brushing and flossing and would require a check-up at the dentist for professional scaling and root planing treatment to minimize gum disease risk.
Reduce Gum Disease Signs At Home
Signs of gum disease appear if your oral routine is weak. This means that you’re not looking after your teeth and gums like you should and you’re not treating oral hygiene as a fundamental aspect of overall positive health. To reduce gum disease, begin to do the following:
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day
- Floss your teeth after brushing, and also after eating to keep food debris away from your teeth
- Regularly visit the dentist for six-month check-ups because the dentist can detect signs of gum disease much quicker
- Use a natural mouthwash that contains anti-bacterial properties
Major sensitivity, swelling gums and sores are signs that gum disease has progressed to its advanced stage. This cannot be reversed at home through regular brushing and flossing and will require professional help at the dentist to reduce gum disease. Gum disease also prevents you from performing cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, and for your teeth to become naturally white, you’ll need to resolve any gum health issues.