Dental Health Articles
Gum disease � Not just an unattractive problem
By Nick K. Nguyen, DDS, APC
Having healthy gums is the foundation of having a healthy mouth. Although, it is not a secret that the mouth is full of bacteria, it is a less well known fact that there are good and bad types of bacteria in the mouth. When your mouth is well kept, the healthy strains of bacteria will predominate. Their main function is to out-compete the bad bacteria. In the absence of good oral hygiene and regular maintenance visits to your dental office, the bacteria levels in your mouth can become imbalanced leading to red, swollen gums that bleed easily and teeth that are more susceptible to decay. It is very important to receive routine cleanings from your dental office, not only to remove harmful bacteria, but to also monitor your oral hygiene technique. The key is to remove the bad bacteria while not damaging your gums. For most individuals, this is a difficult task. Chances are that you are unaware of what is going on in your mouth, which may end up affecting the overall health of your body. Having a good relationship with your dentist by asking questions and voicing your concerns, will lead to a healthy path for you and your family.
Did you know?
- Gum disease may make a person more susceptible to heart disease and other systemic illnesses
- 75% of adults over the age of 35 are affected by gum disease
- Infants/children are not born with the harmful mouth bacteria, but usually get affected by sharing a utensil with an affected family member
- Up to 30% of people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease
- Regular screenings and good communication with your dentist can detect, treat and prevent the spread of gum disease