Periodontal disease has a huge impact on your health, but they can be avoided.
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is something most people tend to forget about. The focus usually is directly on the teeth. However, our gums serve as the frame of our teeth; the nutrients needed to nourish our teeth go through them, and they keep our teeth in place as well. However, if they are affected by periodontal disease, chances are your teeth will also be negatively affected.
Why Are Your Gums Important?
Believe it or not, but your gums are actually just as important as your teeth. Your gums, after all, are what hold your teeth in place. They are also where the nutrients from the food you eat, especially calcium, go through in order to get to your teeth.
As such, any issues your gums might have, your teeth will almost certainly be affected as well. For example, periodontitis, or the inflammation of the gums, can also cause severe tooth bone loss. Or, with gingival recession, or the loss of gum tissue, the roots of the teeth become exposed, thus making the teeth more sensitive and making the teeth appear longer than normal. As such, the health of your teeth is more or less reliant on the health of your gums.
What are Periodontal Diseases?
Periodontal diseases are diseases that affect our gums. If left untreated, they can cause significant damage not just to our gums, but also to our teeth and mouth as a whole. Most people often don’t notice that they have periodontal diseases. However, some of the universal symptoms among all kinds of gum diseases include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Changes in mouth structure
- Gaps forming in between teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is possible that you have a periodontal disease. All kinds of gum diseases are caused by an excess buildup of bacteria in our mouths. Our mouths naturally have bacteria in them; however, if they are allowed to multiply significantly, that’s when they begin to cause damage to our gums and teeth.
How Can You Avoid Periodontal Disease?
While it is severe, periodontal disease can be avoided by taking the necessary steps in order to do so. Here are five tips from your friendly dentists here at Bondi Dental on how you can avoid periodontal disease.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is the most basic of all parts of oral hygiene, but it can mean all the difference between a healthy mouth and a sick one.
- Don’t forget to floss your teeth every after meal. Aside from brushing your teeth, flossing them every time after you eat is important. Sometimes there are pieces of food left in between our teeth, and these might not be removed simply by brushing your teeth; they might become causes of periodontal disease as a result. Flossing helps avoid that.
- Eat healthy food. Of importance are foods with Vitamin C (like oranges), Vitamin D (like fish), and nutrient-rich ones (like beef). These keep both your teeth and gums healthy by providing them with the necessary nutrition to grow and stay strong.
- Quit smoking. Periodontal disease is another good reason to quit smoking, because it both increases the chances of getting periodontal disease and decreases the success rates of treatments.
- Visit your dentist at Bondi regularly. Your dentist can both provide cleaning which can help remove dirt on your mouth that can cause periodontal disease, as well as check if there are signs that you already have periodontal disease and treat it.
Learn More About Periodontal Disease in Bondi
Here at Bondi Dental, your oral health is our primary concern. We consider it our mission to make sure that your mouth stays healthy, and that you have a perfect smile always. Call us on (02) 9365 7187 or book your appointment online and claim your FREE dental consultation today!