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Periodontal Disease and Its Side Effects – Gingivitis

posted on June 30th, 2017

Periodontal disease is an often-overlooked condition for most people. Many seem to have accepted that bleeding gums when brushing or flossing is quite normal, when in fact, it is actually a sign of a much more serious condition.

Gingivitis—which is a stage of periodontal disease—affects the gums and leads to swelling, tenderness and bleeding. This happens as bacteria infects the gum area around the teeth. If left untreated, it can infect other tissue structures in the mouth, eventually leading to tooth loss. Early signs of gingivitis are often overlooked, so the condition worsens before it is eventually diagnosed and treated.

Studies have shown that other diseases can be linked to gum infection, such as atherosclerosis or heart disease, strokes, premature births, diabetes, and even respiratory disease, which is more common with the elderly. These and other findings make an even stronger case for early prevention of and cure for gingivitis and its long-term effects to overall personal health.

Aside from the medical issues that it may cause, gingivitis can also cause bad breath, which is unpleasant and can affect one's confidence and self esteem. Having foul smelling breath is a turnoff and may even affect your relations with friends and other people. It also gives a bad impression of your health habits and personal hygiene. Maintaining a simple but regular habit of brushing, flossing, and gargling helps prevent bacterial build-up, keeps your gums healthy, and keeps your breath fresh and clean.

Prevention is always better than a cure, and the same goes for periodontal disease and gingivitis. By maintaining a constant oral care habit that includes daily brushing and flossing--plus regular visits to your dentist for cleaning and checkups—you can keep your gums healthy and prevent the progression of any gum disease. 


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