Good oral hygiene is the only way of preventing cavities, infection and any other dental disease. The basics of oral hygiene include brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning your teeth and keeping your gums healthy.
- Use a proper toothbrush and suitable toothpaste as recommended by the dentist.
- Flossing is the only way of removing the food particles that are caught in between the teeth. It is recommended that you floss your teeth almost daily.
- Learn the technique of brushing your teeth properly. Too much pressure will again hurt the gums or remove your enamel.
- Always use foaming fluoridated toothpaste.
- Check your gums every day and see how they look
- If they are pink, without any inflammation, then your gums are healthy
- If there is irritation, bleeding or swelling, there’s something wrong with your gums
Here are a few common diseases that can be identified with the below symptoms:
- Gingivitis is the most common gum disease which is caused by bacteria
- The bacteria will get lodged in the gap between the gum and the tooth, causing redness
- In the initial stages, gingivitis can be cured, but do not allow it to develop further
- In the latter stages, the infection will reach the tooth and cause severe damage
- This is an advanced stage of gum disease
- The gums will bleed during brushing
- Swelling and redness will be visible in a few days
- Bad breath will be prominent
- The gum will detach itself from the tooth
- This is called pocketing
- Pus and infection will be formed in the gap between the gum and the tooth
The symptoms mentioned above are the consequences of ignorance and improper dental hygiene. Prevention of this is possible only when you maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly or as prescribed.
Once these symptoms are initially evident, its advancement can be slowed down by consistent visits to the dentist. In case of an emergency, we can also make the necessary arrangements to attend to you as early as we can.