Dental care is not always about having bright, white teeth. In fact, it is also about ensuring gum care, which is an essential routine that all of us must follow in order to lead a healthy life.
The importance of gum care
Gums can develop diseases if they are not cared for properly. These diseases are reversible if treated in their early stages, but they may lead to various problems like loss of teeth, health, and immunity if they’re left untreated. Gum diseases begin with the formation of plaque under and above the gum line. Plaque is a sticky transparent film-like substance that has bacteria.
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, wherein the gums become red, swollen, tender, and inflamed, and they are prone to bleeding. If gingivitis goes untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, which is a serious gum disease. This impacts the bones that hold the teeth in place and damages tissues connected to the teeth.
As scary as it sounds, the repercussions are equally dangerous and painful. So, it is always advisable to have healthy oral habits.
Facts about gum health and care
- No early detection of symptoms
Almost 70-80% of people don’t realize the seriousness of having a gum problem. In the initial stages, you won’t realize that you actually have a dental problem, but it is important to not wait until the symptoms develop and progress. Regular and proper gum care is the best way to be cautious and take appropriate efforts to avoid these issues.
- Age – no bar!
Gum disease can affect anyone. A common perception that the probability of diseases affecting an older person is comparatively higher does not hold true in the case of gum diseases. Not visiting a dentist regularly or not giving your gums the attention that they require could ruin it all for you.
- Gum diseases are contagious
Contrary to popular belief, gum diseases are, in fact, contagious. They can be contracted via oral contact, through saliva that contains the bacteria. Small acts of sharing food and drinks, kissing, sipping, and eating from the same plate/bowl could pass on the bacteria, causing gum diseases. It is important to ensure yours and your family’s gum health and habits.
We tend to pick up a lot of habits, behavioral patterns, and even internal strength from our family, and even gum diseases are genetically passed on. They can affect you regardless of whether or not you have healthy oral hygiene.
- Longevity and gum care
As interesting as it could get, research shows that natural teeth may be the key to having a longer life expectancy. A person with 20 or more natural teeth nearing the age of 70 is expected to live longer than someone who doesn’t.
- Dental implants could be risky
Prevention is better than cure. Remember that frequent dental treatments could also cause damage to the gums, which could lead to various infections before, after, or during the treatment process. Dental implants may weaken your gums and make them vulnerable to developing infections. Treatments could be risky and could also burn a hole in your pocket, and it is better to ensure gum and tooth care and prevent the need for these treatments.