If you are asking yourself, “How can I stop gum disease?” a good way to start is to understand the conditions of gum disease. The two basic types of gum diseases or periodontal diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Phases of gum disease
Gingivitis is the first phase of gum disease. It results when plaque forms on the teethes surface and the gum line. When plaque builds up, the bacteria that compose it cause inflammation in the gums. A person with gingivitis has red and puffy gums that bleed easily. Gingivitis develops into periodontitis overtime. At this phase, bacterial infection damages the bones that support teeth and the connecting gum tissue resulting in pockets where more bacteria can flourish. This condition ultimately leads to tooth loss.
How can I stop gum disease?
Detecting and treating the problem while it has just started is the best way to stop gum disease. Pay attention to your gum’s health. Healthy gums should be pink, firm, odorless and should not bleed with normal brushing. If the condition of your gums is the opposite, you likely have gum disease. Make sure to see your dentist regularly. Most people are not aware they have gum disease until their dentist points the problem out to them.
How can I stop gum disease through clinical treatment?
Your dentist may perform several cleaning procedures in your mouth. Root planing or scaling are ways to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar in your teeth and gums. Your dentist may also place antimicrobial liquid solutions beneath your gum line with a procedure called periodontal irrigation to wash out any remaining bacteria in the infected gums.
Severe gum diseases may require periodontal surgery, which removes the infected gum to expose and strip off bacteria. In case of critical bone loss, the dentist will perform a bone graft. To complete the surgery, the dentist will cover the treated area with a new gum line with a skin graft.
How can I stop gum disease naturally?
A diet filled with nutrients, especially Vitamin C, will boost your body’s ability to combat bacterial infection. There are also natural home remedies to prevent and cure gum disease such as rinsing with chamomile to lessen inflammation and peppermint tea to fight bad breath. Natural dental products such as toothpastes made with tea tree oil helps prevent gum disease in a gentle yet effective way.
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