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Coping with bad teeth and gingivitis

Tooth or gum problems affect everyone at some point in their life. Gum disease is one of the most widespread and dangerous dental problem that affect four out of every five adults in the USA. AClinical studies are showing increasing evidence that gum disease may be linked to other diseases in the body such as heart disease, respiratory illnesses, even birth defects. If you think you have gum disease you should see your dentist as soon as possible. But only a dental professional can really evaluate your condition and uncover the root cause of your problems. Not seeing a dentist can actually be life threatening, because dental problems may lead to other more serious illnesses in other parts of the body: Heart attacks, birth defects, pneumonia are just some of the complications you may experience if you have a chronic gum infection. Your dentist will probably suggest a strict oral care regimen to help you to cure your gum disease.

Gum disease often does not have any visible signs and you may not know that you have gum disease until you have reached an advanced stage of the disease. Bacteria are the main cause of gum disease. Deposits on the teeth and gums contain bacteria. These bacteria may start eating away at the teeth and gums in areas that are not cleaned properly, like the areas between the teeth. Initially, bacteria and deposits may cause an irritation that can develop into a full scale infection of the gums between the teeth. The infection can spread along the gum line and cause further irritation, which in turn causes gum swelling. As this infection continues to spread, it becomes gingivitis, a more widespread irritation of the gums. Right about now, pockets are starting to form between the teeth and the gums. These pockets will fill up with bacteria and food residue. Many times, gingivitis will develop into a more serious and often chronic form of gum disease called periodontitis. This is usually the stage at which most people will have clear and obvious signs that something is wrong: persistent bad breath, puffy, painful gums, bleeding gums, and finally shrinking gums are clear indicators of advanced gum disease.

gum disease cure can be a long and arduous process, and may involve multiple visits to a general dentist or a periodontal specialist. Often, the only cure is painful and expensive gum surgery.

So prevention is really the best therapy: Create a solid oral care regimen, thoroughly clean teeth and gums and control bacteria on a daily basis. There are many excellent products on the market that can make tooth and gum care easier, or even help to regenerate gums and teeth that have already been damaged.


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