Your gums are a vital part of your mouth, so it’s very important to keep them healthy. Yet they seem to receive less attention than our teeth. In fact, gum disease is a greater cause of tooth loss than dental decay itself, proof that it’s imperative to look after your gums as carefully as you do your teeth.
The most common form of gum disease is called gingivitis and many of us will suffer from it in our lifetimes. It reveals itself with redness to the gums, which ought to be pink. Gingivitis might make eating and drinking food and particularly hot or cold liquids a little painful, as your gums will be made more sensitive. It is easily avoided by pursuing the recommended home dental hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing.
It is important that gingivitis is stopped in its tracks because, although not particularly harmful in itself, it can lead to worse. Periodontitis is what might happen if gingivitis is left to progress. This is a nasty condition where the bones holding the teeth in place become inflamed and tooth loss can ensue.
Dentists can prescribe antibiotics to treat gum disease, and you’ll be advised to tighten up your home oral hygiene routine. Be sure to pursue a healthy and balanced diet and avoid activities such as smoking and drinking alcohol regularly to excess, as these can compromise the good functioning of your mouth.
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