Even if you’re 100 percent cavity-free and have the pearliest whites in town, it doesn’t mean that you're immune to gum disease. Gum disease comes on silently. So most people are unaware there is a problem until it is already occurring.
That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentist regularly. Your Hamilton Dentist can ensure that you have healthy gums during routine checkups.
What is Gum Disease?Gum disease starts as plaque that builds up under and along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film-like substance that, when left too long, hardens and turns into tartar. The longer tartar lingers, the more damage it does. The tartar can only be removed by a dental health professional, such as a Hamilton Dentist, using specialized equipment.
There are three stages of gum disease, including:
- Gingivitis. Gingivitis causes inflamed, tender, red, or swollen gums that are prone to bleeding. Since the bones and tissues around the teeth are not harmed, gingivitis is reversible.
- Periodontitis. Periodontitis impacts the bones that hold your teeth in place. Left untreated, periodontitis can ruin the gums, bones, and tissues connected to your teeth.
- Advanced Periodontitis. Advanced Periodontitis destroys the fibers and bone supporting your teeth. It impacts your bite, and teeth may need to be removed.
There are many other reasons to maintain healthy gums. Links between certain health conditions and gum disease include heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, diabetes as well as preterm births and prosthetic joint problems. This only re-emphasizes the importance of maintaining a regular dental hygiene program.
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Good oral hygiene practices at home, and regular visits to the dentist are crucial. By following the tips below, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Brush, floss, and rinse. Brush your teeth and along the gumline twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss between teeth or use an interdental cleaner once a day. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Reduce sugary snacks and drinks. Eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of crisp fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean meats. Recent studies involving men 65 and older have shown that eating high-fiber fruits may slow the progression of periodontal disease.
- Get regular dental cleanings. Since gum disease is mostly painless, it’s important that a dentist monitors your gum health to catch developing problems early. Try to schedule regular cleanings and checkups every six months.
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