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Halitosis and Tooth and Gum Disease

Aug 17, 2007
Periodontal gum disease is a very serious condition that can affect your overall health, and can destroy the health of your teeth. Read on to find out how you can prevent tooth and gum disease for yourself and your family, and how you can notice its symptoms quickly.

Preventing Gum Infection

Gum disease can be contracted if your mouth is not cleaned properly, or if you don't clean your mouth as frequently as you should. So, after each meal (or snack), you should be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash, preferably both.

You should also make sure that you are flossing at least once or twice a day-although flossing too often could cause your gums to bleed. This could be an indication of gum infection, so if you are experiencing pain or discomfort after flossing, then merely brush gently and advise your dentist as soon as you can to get more advice on treatment.

Spotting a Gum Disease Symptom

Some other symptoms that you may observe include pain or considerable sensitivity in the teeth or gums (especially when you're eating), and your teeth may not feel the same in your mouth when you're chewing your food. You may also notice puss in and around your gums, which is a distinct indication of periodontal disease.

Swollen gums or toothache even when you're not eating can also be a sign of periodontal disease, so if you are having any of these symptoms, you should make certain that you visit your dentist as soon as you can in order to look into the treatment options that will work best for you.

Gum Disease Treatment

There are several treatments that you can take advantage of in order to get rid of gum disease, and many of them do not require surgery. You can get your gums and teeth thoroughly cleaned at the dentist's office if you are in the early stages of periodontal disease, and you may be given a regimen to follow that includes flossing or brushing with gentler utensils in order to heal your gums.

You can also talk to your dentist about soft tissue grafts, a procedure that uses soft tissue from other parts of the mouth to restore the parts of the gum that have been damaged by the condition. You can also undergo crown lengthening, which elongates the crown and makes the teeth look longer. Many times, people with short crowns experience periodontal disease because there is unusual gum space in the mouth, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter the mouth.
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