About Oral Care - Gum Disease

What Causes Gum Disease (Gingivitis, Periodontitis) & How to Treat It

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Gum disease is a common, but completely avoidable dental condition resulting from improper oral hygiene. Studies show that over 50% of all adults have some form of gum disease at any point in time. If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. In most cases, a proper oral hygiene regimen will go a long way to help to prevent gum disease.

Causes and Types of Gum Disease

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. At this stage, the gums may become red and slightly swollen and they may bleed easily. But most people experience very little discomfort on a day-to-day basis, so they may not bother to see the dentist. Even if you see your dentist regularly, schedule an extra appointment as soon as possible if you notice redness, swelling or bleeding in your gums, even if it isn’t painful. Early intervention is the key to combating the infection before it becomes serious.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. It is a serious gum infection that may weaken the structural support system of your teeth and may result in tooth loss. Periodontitis requires ongoing care by a dental professional. Fortunately, Periodontitis can be prevented with a proper oral hygiene regimen.

Some medical conditions make you more likely to develop gum disease. If you have diabetes or dry mouth, are pregnant, being treated for cancer, are HIV-positive you are at an increased risk. In almost all cases, gum disease will also contribute to bad breath when bacteria growth is left unchecked.

Salese or Dentiva May Help to Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums

If you are concerned that dry mouth may contribute to gum disease try Salese. Salese has been shown to ease the discomfort associated with dry mouth while balancing the oral pH, providing bacteria fighting ingredients while also giving long-lasting fresh breath.

If you are looking to support your overall oral health Dentiva may be right for you. Dentiva helps to maintain good oral health and has been shown to help control bacteria growth while also balancing the oral pH at a neutral level.

Gum Disease Treatments

While Salese or Dentiva can help to maintain healthy teeth and gums once you have developed gum disease you need to see your dentist. The best early treatment for gum disease is a professional dental cleaning. To support you oral health your dental hygienist or dentist may also recommend additional treatments as necessary. After that it’s up to you to maintain the recommended oral care routine of twice-daily brushing and daily flossing.