Dentist in Dubai are making people aware of the dangers of poor oral health and the implications it has on other areas of an individual’s health. And what better way to do it than during the month of September, which is dedicated as National Gum Care Month.
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissues that surrounds and supports the teeth. Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adults. An individual may not know they have gum disease until it’s too late, as its painless and the symptoms are not very obvious unless you pay extra attention. Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Some of the symptoms to look for and warning signs of gum disease are as follows,
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth or when you eat or just for no reason
- Swollen, red, soft and tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Continuous bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Permanent teeth seem to be loose or separating
- Change in the way the teeth fit together when you bite
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
Some of the contributory factors for developing gum disease is as follows,
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Crooked teeth that are difficult to brush and keep clean
- Types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs,
- Oral contraceptives
The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis and it is reversible and can be treated by a Dental Cleaning in Dubai along with a daily brushing and flossing regime. Therefore, if you notice your gums becoming red, swollen and bleed easily make an appointment with your dentist without further delay.
If gingivitis is neglected it could lead to Periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis can get into a persistent and severe stage when it’s neglected, leading to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. This in turn makes the teeth loose and start moving around the mouth. This can be overwhelming for an individual who may suddenly wonder what is happening to their teeth. Periodontitis in adults can occur at any age. The disease progresses slowly so there is still time to act, however, once it get’s to a severe stage it can progress rather rapidly.
Aggressive periodontitis is very damaging stage of periodontal disease that could occur even in the healthiest patients. One of the most damaging effects of this stage of gum disease include, rapid loss of tissue and bone in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.
Reports suggest that a severe case of gum disease can lead to other health complications and conditions such as diabetes or heart attacks.
Since gum disease does not show itself very well in a person, the only way it can be detected is with regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations. Once identified, treatment options will depend on the severity of the disease. Dental checkups and regular visits to the dentist is not enough, you need to establish a good oral care regime at home as well to help keep periodontal disease at bay . Don’t forget, good dental health benefits more than just a Hollywood Smile!