Ask any dentist, in fact, any doctor and they will tell you that the best treatment for any disease is prevention. In oral health, preventative measures are far easier than corrective. The measures usually consist of brushing and flossing to ensure proper oral hygiene. Both can easily be incorporated into your daily routine and are far less costly than treatments.
Periodontal disease is one such oral problem that can be prevented with good oral care. If it isn’t treated, it can lead to serious oral problems such as infection and major cases of gum recession. To ensure that you don’t let the disease reach that point, you should look out for the following 5 warning signs.
1. Sensitive Gum
The gums of a normal individual are pink and firm; you can touch them without any sensation. One of the first signs of the periodontal disease dentists look for is redness in the gum. The change of color to red means the gums are inflamed, usually caused by bad oral hygiene. The inflammation causes the gums to become sensitive to the lightest of touch resulting in pain. We direct patients with inflamed gums to make sure to brush properly, guiding them on the right techniques to brushing.
2. Bleeding Gum
You rarely find healthy gums bleed. Yes, there is the off occasion it may bleed from brushing too hard. However, the occurrence is once in a while. If you find your gums bleeding regularly it means that the tissue in the gum has weakened. You need to get it checked immediately before the problem becomes more serious.
3. Chronic bad breath
It’s a normal occurrence to have bad breath after eating. However, if you constantly have bad breath then you may have a problem. When we eat, bacteria seeps into parts of our mouth, gaps between teeth and gums.With proper brushing and flossing the bacteria is usually removed, leaving you with a fresh breath.
Chronic bad breath,on the other hand,is caused by bacteria that have deep-rooted themselves in your mouth, usually in pockets, and can’t easily be cleaned out. The best treatment for deep-rooted bacteria is proper cleaning by a dentist. So plaque and buildup can be cleaned out between your teeth and in the gum.
4. Receding Gums
Receding gums are common as we age, but poor oral hygiene can drastically quicken the process. As gums recede, they start to expose nerves at the root of your teeth. These nerves are sensitive resulting in chronic pain when touched. To determine if you have receding gums, you need to pay close attention to your teeth. If you start to notice more exposure of the teeth, gum line is lower than before, you need to contact a dentist immediately.
5. Periodontal Pockets
This is not so much an early sign but a sign that you have periodontal disease. When a patient doesn’t seek treatment when they experience the four symptoms above it leads to periodontal pockets. These pockets are exposed due to receding gum, presenting bacteria with space to occupy and grow. The bacteria will then expand to other parts of the mouth causing an infection. Patients that do not get treated at an early stage of the formation of these pockets usually require gum surgery.
Oral problems aren’t only painful but can end up costing you quite a lot. That is why it is important you visit your dentist on a regular basis so diseases such as periodontal can be prevented. Which goes to prove that prevention is the best treatment for any disease.