Manage Gum Disease
Symptoms of Gum
Inflammation of the gums and mouth –
soreness, bleeding, and/or redness. Another common symptom is bed breath (a.k.a. Halitosis), and / or a bad taste
in the mouth. Other signs of gum disease include shaky or loose teeth, receding gums, and spaces between the teeth
Gum disease is linked to an increased risk
of heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes. The bacteria that are the root cause of gum
disease can move swiftly from gums into the bloodstream, where they can create problems throughout your body. Foods
that are high in sugar content can lead to tooth decay, but their effect on gum disease is to be
Causes of Gum
Gum disease is caused by bacteria growing in
the mouth. These bacteria normally begin growing on particles of food left in the mouth. The infection then
continues to grow, causing inflammation and breakdown of the gums and mouth
Your best bet to avoid gum disease is to
brush and floss. Daily brush twice. Brush for at the most 3 minutes. Brushing for longer time weakens the tooth
enamel and causes weakening of teeth. But, brushing for less than one minute does no good. Brushing and flossing
after meals is found to be effective.
Scraping of the tongue is also important to
Electric tooth brushes also can help clean
teeth effectively but they cannot take the place of flossing.
Also, look for a mouthwash that fights
gingivitis and reduces plaque.
You need a dentist who can spot problems
when they are small, not when they become big issues.
To treat gum disease, your dentist may
remove bacteria and plaque from under the gum line with a technique called scaling and root
Supplements to avoid gum disease: Calcium,
magnesium and phosphorus all help build strong bones, and will aid in keeping your teeth healthy too. Add them to
your diet, or try them in supplement form. And if you suffer from periodontal disease, ask your dentist about
CoQIO, which may promote cell growth and heal gum disease.
Using an anti-plaque toothpaste also can be
Eating more fruits and vegetables is also
found to be useful.
The Importance of Water: Drinking the right amount of water per day is very important. Drinking water
regularly keeps the mouth hydrated and also cleans any small food particles left in between teeth. Without water,
the mouth becomes dehydrated and bacterial thrive on the food particles left in the mouth. This results in build up
of plaque. Plaque, when it is there for longer periods of time, becomes tartar and will affect gums and you will
get gingivitis which is swollen gums or bleeding from the gums. Hence, don’t let the mouth dehydrated, take water
at regular intervals.
Mouth will become automatic dehydrated when
we are travelling by aeroplane. Hence, during the course of journey also, proper amount of water needs to be
Water needs to be taken irrespective of the
fact that we need to visit the loo more often than not.
of gum disease:
- We do not change our toothbrush when
required. Ideally, toothbrush should be changed every 15 days.
- Using toothpicks more often may damage
our gums and may cause gum disease.
- Not using proper
- Not visiting the dentist when required,
i.e., at least twice a year.
- Any fall or blow upon the face in the
region of the mouth and cheeks.
- Chewing any item for long
- Intake of too much sugary
- Smoking causes gum
- Diabetes increases the chances of having
- Having a weak immunity also increases
the chances of having gum disease.