The last time I visited my dentist in Viewbank, he informed me that the increased sensitivity and bleeding gums are not only uncomfortable but often embarrassing because the healthy pink gums swell and turn dark red.
For a moment, I even thought, if this was just age-related, or if there was anything I could do about it. Do you have to put up with your gum problems, or can you seek professional help?
The answer is straightforward: if the symptoms described arising, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. He/she may even suggest an oral surgery after assessment of your gums.
On the one hand, this problem can be treated; on the other, timely detection can prevent even later problems.
Why Is Gum Health So Important?
Gum is believed to be that soft tissue, which joins the ridge covering and the teeth tightly. It forms a kind of protection zone for the chewing organs.
That day I saw three dentists in Viewbank, and all of them repeatedly stressed on the fact that the desire for healthy teeth requires proper gum care.
If one neglects the gums, the entire tooth bed remains unprotected, which not only leads to aesthetic defects but also represents an immediate danger to the teeth which may need oral surgery soon.
Why Does The Gum Retreat?
The dentist mentioned something about a gingival recession. He even stated that it was common in people of Viewbank, as well as, other parts of the world.
The teeth get longer because the tooth necks are more and freer, and this is not merely an aesthetic Problem. If the gums do not properly enclose the teeth, they can no longer protect them, and there might come an immediate need for oral surgery.
The gingival recession is striking, so it cannot be overlooked in the mirror. The affected teeth can also feel more sensitive than usual.
Most often you can tell from the canines that they appear a little longer. This is an optical illusion caused by the decline in gums.
The gum retraction can primarily be attributed to the wrong cleaning technique and inadequate oral hygiene, but changes in the hormone balance and genetic conditions can also be blamed.
In some cases, the bad bite position, as well as wearing tongue, lip ribbon and lip piercings, lead to gum loss.
The other reasons are:
- Pressing the toothbrush hard – this can remove the enamel and cause a gum retraction.
- Poor oral health – if you don’t keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly, a plaque layer can form that later turns into hard tartar. If not removed, it can cause gum disease and gum recession.
- Grinding of teeth – if firm pressure is exerted on the teeth and gums, this can withdraw.
- Smoking – if you smoke, there is a higher risk of gum recession.
The Five Main Symptoms For Diseased Gums:
- Slight bleeding gums when brushing teeth
- Swollen gums
- Instead of a healthy pink, red or purple discolouration
- Sensitive gums, mild pain when touched
- Bad breath.
If you recognize this disease in good time, it is easy to treat via remedies that the dentist suggests or through oral surgery. But it must also be mentioned that tartar does not only endanger our dental health.
Studies show that untreated mouth sores, such as gingivitis, can cause serious harm. The pathogens enter the bloodstream and lead to cardiovascular diseases, are jointly responsible for the development of diabetes, osteoporosis and can even trigger strokes.
The best protection against gum decline is regular check-ups at the dentist and an excellent oral care routine. However, if your dentist arrives on the decision that oral surgery is a must, you must always be up for it.