Gum Disease

Gum disease also referred to as gingivitis or its more advanced form; periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition of the gums and in the case of periodontitis, the underlying support structures of the tooth such as bones and ligaments.

What is gum disease (gingivitis)?

If your gums bleed when you brush, there is a high chance you could be suffering from gum disease. When gum disease becomes more severe, also referred to as periodontal disease, it is an inflammatory condition of the gums that also affects the bone support structure surrounding the teeth. 

If you don’t seek periodontal disease cure services, this preventable disease can result in bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum where it meets the crown of the tooth. It occurs in areas where food and plaque have been allowed to build up, causing bacterial toxins to be released. Symptoms of gingivitis include irritated or red gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can affect patients of any age but is usually reversible with a professional’s proper gum disease cure services.

Periodontitis

If gingivitis goes untreated, it usually progresses to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss globally. It begins within weeks of not brushing and flossing your teeth properly. It is the first visible sign of the destructive effects of the bacteria present in plaque. Symptoms include red, swollen and bleeding gums. Periodontitis is easily reversed in the early stages with effective periodontal disease cure and oral hygiene. However, the underlying bone loss can not be repaired or regained without intervention with a trained general dentist or periodontist.

Prevention

The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain excellent oral hygiene. This prevents the buildup of plaque and the release of toxins.

Plaque is colourless, making it hard to spot. However, by using a disclosing tablet (available at your local pharmacy), you can temporarily stain it red or blue, making it easy to identify the problem areas where plaque has built up. This is a great exercise to do with children, as it demonstrates the invisible bacteria that can be present in the mouth and helps them learn how to tackle it.

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Refined sugars (present in candy, soft drinks, and processed foods) should be kept to a minimum. Bacteria present in the mouth digest refined sugar and produces acid, which, when combined with saliva, allows for the buildup of plaque.
  • Avoid soft drinks, as they increase the acidity of the mouth, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.
  • You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. Be sure to brush every part of the tooth – the inner side, the outer side, and the chewing surface and change your brushing pattern regularly to ensure you get to all those hard-to-reach areas. Use interdental brushes to clean between the teeth.
  • Floss at least once a day.

Gum disease cure/treatment

Even those who brush regularly could be at risk of developing gum disease if their technique is inadequate, so the key is to catch the problem early. You can get a consultation with a Teledentistry.com dentist to assess your technique and check your gums. Our online dentist can recommend prescription-strength mouthwashes with antibacterial properties to help slow the progression of gum disease.

Commonly Asked Questions

It is an inflammatory condition of the gums that also affects the bone support structure surrounding the teeth.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum where it meets the crown of the tooth.

Yes. Dental cavities can be treated, but you have to take action before the entire tooth is destroyed.

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