When people think about attaining the perfect smile and having optimal dental health, they often focus on their teeth. However, the health of your gums is just as important.
Gum disease is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene and bacteria that has not been removed from between the teeth. When plaque builds up on teeth, bacteria begins to infect the gums causing inflammation and often bleeding.
Gums support teeth the same way the foundations support your home and so the health of gums is important in maintaining overall oral health as well as the health of the rest of your body. If your gums show any of the following symptoms it is advisable to make an appointment to visit Riverdental so we can assess your condition.
- Redness, swollen gums or bleeding gums.
- Gums that are sore to touch
- An excessive build up of tartar that cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss.
While poor oral hygiene is the most common factor, there are other life influences that have been known to increase the risk of gum disease. These include:
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth twice a day for approximately 2 minutes and floss in between every tooth regularly. Regular dental check-ups are extremely important as we will also be able to advise you if your technique needs improvement. If neglected, gum disease may cause loosening of teeth, shifting of teeth followed by possible tooth loss.
A healthy mouth means fresh breath! Bad breath can affect those nearest and dearest to us. It can place strain on relationships as well as being socially embarrassing.
The main culprit behind bad breath is bacteria. Our mouths contain millions and millions of bacteria, which can quite easily get out of control. Plaque, tartar, gum disease, tooth decay, dentures and your tongue are all places where bacteria can thrive. Breath fresheners and mouthwash are only temporary camouflages to bad breath (usually keeping you fresh for just a few hours).
To resolve your bad breath, we recommend you visit one of our dentists to firstly determine the cause. If the issue is tartar, gum disease or tooth decay, then this can easily be remedied and maintained by regular professional cleaning. If you wear dentures you will need to thoroughly clean them daily using a product specifically designed for dentures.
Other major causes of bad breath include a head cold, inflammation or infection of the sinuses (sinusitis), tonsillitis and stomach reflux. These conditions can usually be treated by your local medical practitioner however a comprehensive dental examination should be initially undertaken to rule out any dental cause.
If you are concerned about your own breath, contact us today and arrange a consultation. We will endeavour to isolate and fix the cause of your bad breath, helping you recapture your confidence and dental health.