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Gum Disease: What Do You Know About It?

Cherries, tomatoes, and apples – they are all best when they come in a bright red color, but never your gums. Healthy gums should only be pink and not bright red. When your gums turn bright red or at least the color red, this should be your red flag. Puffy, red and bleeding gums could be a symptom of a severe gum disease, also known as the periodontal disease for dental professionals.

Gum disease is the presence of an infection in the tissues that hold the teeth in place. The term periodontal means “around the tooth,” thus a gum problem is considered a periodontal problem. Ignoring the problem could lead to a lot of oral health concerns. The first issue might be the breakdown of the gums due to infection. The early signs of the gum problem should lead you straight to your dentist’s clinic to get the right gum disease treatment.

Losing the support system that puts your teeth in place could make your teeth fall out. The result is as simple yet as dreadful as the thought of that. You can lose all your teeth because you did not care to treat the gums.

What are the causes of gum disease?

Dental plaque and dental tartar are two of the leading causes of gum disease. Remember that gums remain healthy when the teeth they protect in place are healthy too. Dirty teeth could lead to serious gum problems, so dentists recommend regular brushing and regular dental cleaning too.

Dental plaque contains unwanted bacteria that produce the toxins that irritate and infect the gums. When the gums get damaged, dental tartar starts to build up around the teeth causing the gums to get inflamed. Then, the gums turn red instead of the healthy pink.

When bacterial infections in the mouth like the dental plaque remain untreated and completely ignored, they continue to target gum tissue around the teeth infected by tartar, forming small pockets that seem to go deeper as the days pass by.

As you continue to ignore the gum problem, the bacteria moves deeper into the gums until it reaches the areas around the jawbone that provide the protection for the teeth to hold it in place. At this point, the teeth may start to fall off. Then, it would simple be impossible for you to ignore the problem.

Gums may seem like they do nothing for you, but they protect the teeth from falling off. If you continue to provide good dental health care for your teeth, you are also protecting your gums in the process. At the first sign of gum problem, see your dentist immediately. Don’t wait for teeth to fall naturally off before you do something about it.

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