Periodontal disease is very common, with nearly 50% of all American adults, aged 30 and over affected. IF it’s not treated it can lead to serious oral health concerns it is considered to be the main cause of tooth loss. And there are many other implications to your oral health too. It has also been linked to illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, pancreatic and other cancers, strokes, and diabetes to list just a few.
If your gums are already showing some of the signs then you will likely want to know how to treat it. Let’s start by looking at what the early signs are.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is what dentists refer to as one of the milder forms of gum diseases or periodontal diseases. The term periodontal literally means around the tooth, so this is where the disease is found. The symptoms include redness, irritation, and swelling in the gums. Yet gingivitis is only a mild form of gums disease, if it’s not treated it can progress into periodontitis which will usually lead to missing teeth.
What Causes Gingivitis?
If harmful bacteria are left to multiply in the mouth, gingivitis starts to develop. Plaque forms when bacteria combine with mucus and other particles and sticks to the teeth. Brushing and flossing can remove the plaque but if you don’t it can harden and form tartar. The immune system will attack the harmful bacteria in the tartar and this is what then causes the swelling. Swelling in the gums causes them to pull away from the teeth. This results in further infection as space allows more bacteria to enter. This progression of gingivitis will then eventually lead to another type of gum disease called periodontitis.
How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?
When gingivitis is left untreated the disease of gums develops into a more serious condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is the stage at which the disease affects the underlying bone and it begins to deteriorate. As inflammation increases, larger pockets of space open within the gums, and a greater area is affected. The support the gums provide for the teeth is thereby compromised and they can become loose or fall out.
How Can I Get Rid of Gingivitis Fast?
Good oral hygiene practices are essential to keep gingivitis in check. When you brush your teeth twice a day you will do much to remove the plaque from the surface of your teeth. Make sure you also floss at least once a day to get rid of the plaque in between each tooth including the part high up in the gum line. Rinsing the mouth can also help reduce the level of bacteria. You could also try one of the proven gingivitis home remedies. One of the home remedies that has shown to function is coconut oil pulling which involves using it to rinse your mouth. It has high levels of lauric acid (45-50%) which is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
What To Do If You Are Missing Teeth?
If you have been affected by gum disease and would like to replace missing teeth then get in contact with the surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery. They recommend replacing teeth with dental implants. They look and function like natural teeth and contribute to oral health that many other dental replacement options don’t provide. You can find their office in Vallejo, CA providing an ideal location for all those living in the area. Book an appointment now to see if dental implants are right for you.