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Things you should know about your Gums

Gum Diseases

When we talk about oral hygiene the topic normally surrounds around how to keep teeth milky white and free of cavities. While maintaining good mouth hygiene is important, very little attention is given to the slimy pink tissue aka Gums. The only time we give our Gums attention is when they swell up and bleed and, or when we decide to straighten our teeth.

If you wish to straighten your teeth, you will require an up to the mark gum health. Studies show patients with gum diseases are likely to have re-infection while wearing braces. This can also be a case when you opt for popular invisible braces as they move your teeth and bring them to the desired position.

A healthy gum is more important than you think, sometimes they can give you clues to what’s going on with your overall health. Systematic diseases that affect the entire body may first crop up because of oral and gum problems. So, here we are mudding up the conversation around gums.

As per World Health Organization as of March 2020, Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is very common, with almost 10% of the global population affected.

Structure and Functions of the Gums

The gums consist of mucous membranes connected by thick fibrous tissue to the membrane surrounding the bone of the jaw. The gum membrane rises to form a collar around the base of the crown of each tooth. This helps reduce the friction of food passing over them, acting as a barrier for the teeth.

Common Gum Diseases and Symptoms

With food enters hundreds of bacteria in our mouth, which can affect your health. Gum disease is found in plaque and tartar. A plague is a sticky film that forms over the teeth, made of bacteria, food, mucus, and other particles. If not removed plaque thickens in tartar. This usually causes inflammation of gums, called gingivitis. In the more severe form, the gum can come away from the tooth and supporting bone.

Early detection and gum disease treatments can help ensure a lifetime of good health.

When to see a doctor:
• Red, swollen and tender gums
• Bad breadth that lasts
• Loose or sensitive teeth
• Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
• Painful chewing

Prevention: Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum diseases and losing the teeth.

• Brushing your teeth twice a day every day can help prevent gum diseases
• Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and one that fits your mouth comfortably
• Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
• Floss your teeth at least once a day
• Don’t smoke or chew tobacco, it leads to more chances of gum and teeth disease
• Look inside your mouth regularly for sores, irritated gums, or other changes
• Schedule regular cleanings and exams with your dentist
• Avoid the use of toothpicks or other objects that could injure your gums and also spread bacteria
• Some dental insurance companies even cover frequent dental check-ups. If this is the case for you, take advantage of it.

Tips from our experts, watch what you eat for good oral health!

Include plenty of calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, cheese in your diet. This is important for both kids and adults.

Avoid eating sweets and sticky food, if you indulged in them rinse your mouth afterward or brush is possible.

Conclusion: Research continues to evolve, as experts are finding new methods of maximizing oral health. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body follow these tips and get on the road to good oral and gum health.

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