Bad oral hygiene can damage your teeth and health

A large portion of the population ignore the fact that it’s a must to take care of your oral hygiene and health. Vices, improper hygiene and germs are some examples of causes that could lead to a very bad health condition. You should understand what the importance of your oral care is.

close up of a cold sore on upper lip

Cold Sores: also referred to as oral herpes. Oral herpes is a viral infection that could easily be passed on to another individual. Oral herpes is just one of the many kinds of herpes. It is a very visible type of infection that could easily be scattered around your face or in your mouth. Itching and blisters are some of the symptoms that are affiliated with the infection. Cold sores will take up to 2 to 4 weeks to heal. Pinching-like pain is one of the most common discomforts when you have cold sores. Depending on the severity, herpes would actively show itself, active and giving discomfort to the individual. Medicated creams are available in your nearby pharmacy in case of an outbreak. Be sure not to share utensils, drinks or toothbrushes when you have this. Try to keep your lips from drying out to avoid serious outbreaks.

Tooth decay: also called cavities. Think of it that your teeth are breaking down because of acids that bacteria buildup causes. If you are having pains while eating or drinking, or you notice pits on tooth surfaces, there is a good chance that you have tooth decay already. Don’t worry, it’s probably an easy fix. See your dentist. To prevent it in the first place, flossing and brushing your teeth are your first line of defense to prevent tooth decay from happening.

Gingivitis: a sibling of periodontitis, letting this one slide would make you regret your decision. Plaques that are attached from your tooth’s surface will produce gingivitis when not properly cleaned. Practice good oral hygiene and go to your dentist regularly to prevent plaques from building up.

Gum Disease: also known as periodontal disease, is more severe than gingivitis and the tissue around your teeth is going to be affected. Open pockets form around the tooth and pulls the tissue away. These can trap particles that could lead to major irritation and infection.

Good oral health is easy to achieve with proper oral hygiene. Flossing, brushing regularly, avoid vices that are bad for your teeth and health such as soda, smoking and drinking excessively.

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Gingivitis

 

You’re brushing your teeth and they start to bleed. You floss and they ache. Red, swollen and squishy. These are signs you could have gingivitis.

What is Gingivitis?

When it first starts, you may not even notice it. The gums become red and painfully swollen. Eventually, it causes bleeding when you floss or even brush your teeth. It can also cause sleepless nights with an aching mouth. Gingivitis is an inflammation of tissues around the teeth (also known as your gums or gingiva).

What causes gingivitis then?

Bacteria build up around your gum line, causing a sticky plaque to form on your teeth. When not removed, it hardens into tartar which in turn irritates the gums, causing them to inflame. This is why adequate brushing and flossing is required!

Regular smokers get gingivitis more often than non-smokers. Smokingintroduces harmful substances from cigarettes (or chewing tobacco), such as nicotine and tar. These can cause gum problems, halitosis, oral thrush, cancers, dental caries or tooth decay, teeth stains and etc. Nicotine also interferes how our body responds to bacteria as it impairs theleukocyte functions.

Medications may also lead to gingivitis. Drugs like anticonvulsants, calcium channel blockers, and immunosuppressants can cause gingival overgrowth. Make sure that the next time you visit your dentist, you mention ALL medications and supplements you are (or were) taking.

Pregnancy is another possible cause. As stated by PubMed.gov, ovarian hormones such as estrogen and progesterone rise at this stage causing pregnant women to be more likely to experience gingivitis. It is said that gingivitis generally occurs to 60-75% of pregnant women, but if they practice good oral hygiene in the beginning of pregnancy, the rate will only be 0.3%.

Hormone changes during puberty, menopause and the menstrual cycle can also cause sensitivity in the gingiva.

Nutritional Deficiency is also included in the list of possible causes. Lack of good nutrition can affect one’s health causing various health problems including gingivitis. Vitamin C deficiency (in extreme cases it can progress to scurvy!!) is linked to gum disease.

Diabetics, because they have high levels of blood glucose, it can take significantly longer for gingivitis to heal. If you’re diabetic and you accidentally brushed your teeth hard, you could cause your gums to become inflamed or swollen. This is because decreased blood circulation makes it hard for the body to repair wounds. If you are diabetic and suspect gingivitis, you should seek medical assistance right away.

How to know if you have gingivitis?

These are the symptoms of gingivitis that will help you know if you have one:

  • Halitosis or Bad Breath
  • Swollen and Red Gums
  • Frequent Gum Bleeding
  • General feeling of being unwell
  • Pain
  • Bleeding when Brushing Teeth
  • Receding Gums
  • Fever (Early Stage)

How to treat gingivitis?

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Always make to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. Be smart in choosing toothbrush as their textures could differ.
  • Using a soft bristled toothbrush is highly recommended. Use gentle circles so as to not irritate the swollen gums and cause bleeding.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
  • Flossing is also a good way to deep clean your teeth and gum line.
  • If you smoke, stop. This is a very important advice for all smokers, your oral health is not just in danger, you are prone to lung cancer and other health risks.

One of the easiest things to help ensure good health is to practice good oral hygiene

Visit your dentist every 6 – 9 months. If you are at risk of gingivitis, it may be recommended that you come more often.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above or feel like something is wrong, come in and see us. A check up and cleaning may be all it takes but we’ll be able to put you on the path to proper oral care.

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