Prevention of Gum Disease and Good Oral Hygiene
No matter how fit and stable your teeth are, they totally depend on strong gums.
If you don’t clean your teeth or floss them properly, the bacteria surround the soft lining of teeth and form dirty debris that is plaque, then go into the edges of those linings. If you continue this poor dental care routine, you can see redness around this lining. This condition is called Gingivitis that is inflammation of the gums.
Having a family history of gum disease does not mean that you cannot prevent this disease, it means that you have to put some extra effort to maintain your dental hygiene than others.
What do You Know About Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky white material that you can easily clean with brushing and flossing properly and regularly. But if you skip brushing and flossing, this dirty debris has room to play. It hardens and calcifies around this soft area of the oral cavity, turning into tartar or calculus. And if tartar appears, it cannot be removed at home, you require a dental hygienist to clean off this tartar.
What You Should Know About this Disease?
Gum disease, in the early stages, is called Gingivitis. If you bleed while brushing, this is a major sign of gingivitis. At this point, your teeth are intact and in place. If you take gingivitis seriously, it can be easily treated. But if it is not treated, it can result in a very serious condition that is periodontitis. Bacteria now reach the roots creating pockets between the teeth and the soft area around them. As time passes, the pockets increase their depth as more bacteria and dirty debris is filled, leading to the damage of tissues and bones resulting in tooth loss.
Factors Increasing Gingivitis
- Imperfect dental hygiene
- Smoking and drug abuse
- Old age
- Vitamin C insufficiency
- Obesity and diabetes
- Conditions impairing your immunity; example HIV/AIDS and cancer
- Hormonal imbalance like during pregnancy and menstrual cycle
How to Prevent Gingivitis?
Gingivitis can be prevented by practicing good dental home care. What is good dental homecare? As they say, prevention is better than cure.
You have to go along with some rules. Commit yourself to maintain dental care twice a day for two minutes. Focus on cleaning the points where dentition meets the soft area around them. As bacteria hide beneath the inner edges of the dentition, flossing them is also necessary. If you don’t know how to floss properly, you can watch videos where you can gain a lot of knowledge about how to floss your teeth. If still, you find flossing difficult, you can use interdental aids or water flosser or both. Visit your dentist regularly, at least once in six months so that he can observe any underlying disease or problem.
But in case you have advanced periodontitis, and you don’t know where to seek help, The Dome MedDental Clinic is always there for your assistance. The right Dentist for Gum Diseases is called specialist Periodontics, as his area of expertise is Periodontal treatments. You can contact them for the finest services available in UAE.