Saturday, November 3, 2012

Simple Ways of Identifying Gum Disease

Hey Moms, if you've noticed your gums bleeding whenever you brush your teeth, then this article is a must read. I know we can be too busy with the kids at times, but we shouldn't take our personal health and hygiene for granted. Don't let the early signs of dental problems slip past you. Our kids need their moms in good shape which includes having healthy gums and teeth :) - love Mommycow

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Identifying the signs of gum disease is easy once you understand the causes of the condition and some of the most obvious symptoms. It is really important to understand a little about this oral health condition as it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and more than two-thirds of us will develop the condition. This startling rate of gum disease is caused by a negligence of the condition.  Fortunately, once you know the signs, it is very easy to spot and to prevent.

What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an oral health condition that affects mainly the gum tissue, but can also affect the jawbone and teeth. It is a bacterial infection that is caused by the toxins released in food particles leftover from eating. The bacteria produced mix with saliva and this also causes plaque to grow on the teeth and stifle gum health. Over time, plaque can harden and become tartar, which further damages gum health, and it can only be removed by a dentist.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and it does not cause any significant harm to the gum structure that may require surgical procedures. If you do not react to the signs of gum disease and the condition continues to worsen, however, you are most likely to suffer from periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.  These conditions are likely to cause long-term oral health problems and will likely need surgery to restore gum health.
It is best to spot the condition early on and seek treatment while it is a condition that is easily reversed.

Gum Disease Signs
Below is a list of the most common gum disease symptoms that are present early on during the gingivitis phase of the condition:
•    Gums bleed more than usual
•    You experience pain
•    You have chronic bad breath
•    There is a constant bad taste in your mouth
•    The teeth become loose, especially when you bite
•    The color of the gums turns redder than normal
•    The gums swell
•    The gums shrink, making your teeth appear longer

What To Do After Discovering Gum Disease Signs
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, then you should visit your dentist and have them make a diagnosis. They can also clean off some of the plaque and tartar that are exacerbating the condition and suggest a treatment plan.

How To Avoid Gum Disease

One of the most effective things that you can do is to become committed to your gum health by following a good home dental hygiene routine. This should involve brushing twice daily, flossing and using a mouthwash.

OraMD is a natural oral health product that can help to prevent or treat gum disease. In addition, the product website offers a four-step oral hygiene program, which will maximize your oral health.