Everyone wants to live a healthy life. People do care of their health and beauty but at the same time, they forget that oral health is also very important as well. For that, we should guard our teeth against plaque and cavity. The truth is we only get one set of permanent and original teeth. Many diagnoses for oral diseases can cause confusion just like gingivitis. Whether gingivitis is gum disease or not. Let’s study both gingivitis and gum disease to clarify the concepts of both.
According to the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Mouth Healthy site, the main reason behind the gum disease is the plaque and the bacterial layer on your teeth and gums. Gum disease usually happens when the gum tissues get infected by the food left between the teeth. The gum tissues infection refers to the gingivitis. This is very hard to realize because you do not feel any pain in your tooth. No painful symptom is here to show you up the gingivitis.
It is also called periodontitis. Periodontitis could be more dangerous for your oral health. As. When your plaque and tartar left untreated, it results in periodontitis. Because of the periodontitis, you might have tooth decay, permanent tooth loss, dentures fitting issue, and gum recede. So, brush your teeth twice a day to get rid of plaque and cavity.
The initial stage of the gum disease is gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis are red, swollen and bloody gums. You feel the blood in your toothbrush while having a brush to your teeth. Even you use soft bristle toothbrush. If you realize blood in your gums or you feel swollen and red gum, you must pay an urgent visit to your dentist. This is the initial stage but it left untreated this could get worse for your oral health. Daily cleaning of your teeth is important but also you should take a professional cleaning of your teeth by your dentist twice a year. Use a toothpaste which should have mint and fluoride as it helps in removing plaque and in preventing a cavity.
Some Other Factors
The main thing is to remove plaque from your teeth. If you do not brush your teeth and the plaque may be left behind that can cause many problems to your oral health. Gum tissues get irritated by the plaque and the food left behind and it can cause many dental problems. The only way from the preventing plaque is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth daily. Plaque is the one reason and the food left behind is the other reason. But, there are also some other factors that can cause gum diseases. By the intake of some foods and medicines. Some of the things that can cause gum disease even if you brush your teeth properly and take good care of your oral health. That other factors involve food and medicines that are mentioned below.
These other risk factors are:
- Smoking habit.
- Chewing of tobacco.
- Medicines that are used in pregnancy.
- Medicines that contain calcium.
- Anti-allergic medicines.
- Medicines that are used in cancer treatment.
- Therapy and radiation for cancer.
- Excess use of alcohol.
- Medicines used for the diabetic patient.
- Beverages that contain citric acid.
- Medicines used for epilepsy treatments.
- Medicines that are used for a cough and flu.
- Excess intake of sugar and sweeten products.
Remember one thing, if you are not having a cavity in your teeth it does not mean you cannot have any gum disease. The cavity is something else. Gum disease and gingivitis are painless so, do not mix this with the cavity. Visit your dentist frequently and take good care of your oral health.