Understanding Gum Diseases - Gingivitis & Periodontitis

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Tips on the dangerous diseases of the oral cavity. Learn how about Gingivitis & Periodontitis can be prevented with regular dental health services.

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Understanding Gum Diseases - Gingivitis & Periodontitis

  1. 1.  People complain of painful mouths due to a lack of dental health services.  Some people only see a dentist when their oral problem has gone worse.  Individuals need to prioritize oral care.
  2. 2. Gingivitis: A non-destructive type of gum disorder that can be treated.  Periodontitis: A destructive type which will affect the total health of the person over a long term. 
  3. 3. Tender gums  Swollen gums  Bleeding in gums during tooth brushing or flossing  Change in gum color from pink to purple or dull red  Bad breath 
  4. 4.           Swollen gums Bright red / purplish gums Tender, puffy gums Receding gums, so teeth look longer than normal Bigger spaces between teeth Pus between teeth & gums Bad breath Bad taste in the mouth Loose teeth Change in bite
  5. 5.  Seek immediate dental care to obtain better chances of reversing gingivitis & periodontitis damage.
  6. 6.  Improve oral hygiene.  Ask a dentist to check the oral cavity regularly.  Do not neglect treatment so this condition will not advance to periodontitis.
  7. 7.  Get teeth scaling to scrape tartar from above & below the gum line.  Obtain root planning to smoothen the root surfaces of the teeth.  For persistent deep periodontal pockets & non-stop infection, periodontal surgery may be recommended.
  8. 8.       Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Replace toothbrushes every 1 - 3 months. Use floss or an inter-dental cleaner. Eat a well-balanced diet & limit snacking. Visit dentist for regular teeth cleaning & oral examinations. If you smoke, you may be asked to quit. Gum disease is more severe in smokers.
  9. 9. Get in touch with Dr Terry Gomez, DDS for periodontal disease treatment at 505-296-5200. Please visit http://www.terrygomezdds.com.
  10. 10. Thank you.

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