Poor dental health has been linked to negative effects throughout the body, such as an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other serious health conditions. If you suspect that you might have gum disease, it is important to seek professional help immediately. If you are not able to seek medical treatment right away, for whatever reason, there are things that you can do at home until you are able to get in for professional help.
Signs of Gum Disease
Knowing the signs of gum disease is imperative to being proactive with treatment. If you have neglected regular dental checkups then it is unlikely that you will recognize the signs of gum disease until you are already in advanced stages of it. Warning signs that may be experienced include (but are not limited to) bleeding gums when flossing, eating, or brushing. You might also take notice that your gums appear to be receding, as a result, your teeth will appear to be longer. Sores that develop in the mouth, on the gums or between the teeth are also a sign of advanced gum disease.
Gum disease is a very serious condition that should be treated by a professional, as professional help is the only way to cure gum disease. However, it is not always possible to get into see a dentist immediately and so knowing what actions that you can take to prevent gum disease from worsening is therefore critical.
To help reduce the chances of advancement and to help lessen your symptoms of gum disease you first should make sure that you are flossing and brushing at the very least twice a day. This reduces plaque buildup. You should also rinse your mouth after each brushing/flossing session with a mouthwash that is used to treat gingivitis. Your primary care physician can write you a script for an antimicrobial mouth rinse, also there are similar strength rinses available over the counter. Last, be sure to watch your diet. Avoid sugary drinks and foods that will ultimately contribute to the tooth decay that you might be experiencing.