Gum health can be easily overlooked but the consequences of neglect will soon wipe the smile off your face. Bad breath, red, swollen gums, teeth that become loose and receding gums can ruin your selfies for a long, long time.
General oral hygiene includes a few must do’s and no, there are no short cuts:
- Brushing thoroughly at least twice a day
- Flossing twice a day
- Regulate dental cleaning and checkups
Once those non-negotiables are as much part of your life as breathing, let’s examine what to do when problems appear. Understanding that bacteria forms nonstop in our mouths, it makes sense to take extra precautions as well as get to know what to do at the first sign of trouble.
Periodontitis and Your Gum Health
It is the buildup of plaque and tartar that leads to a gum disease called gingivitis. This is evidenced by unsightly inflammation of the gums, usually accompanied by halitosis, i.e. bad breath. Enough said? Not quite! Left unattended, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, which refers to inflammation around the teeth specifically. That not only leads to losing teeth but periodontitis, alarmingly, has been linked to heart disease, yep - we kid you not!
Telltale signs of Gum trouble
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Pain while chewing
- Red, swollen gums
- Ulcers on the gum
- Gum injury
Any sign of the above should see you at your dentist and then work to restore and maintain gum health naturally by avoiding sugary foods, regulate oral hygiene practice, and applying organic Supersalve Gum Drop oil if needed.
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