Signs of Declining Gum Health

Apr 22, 2022

Deteriorating gum health affects your overall health in more ways than just bad breath. In a previous article, we discussed how poor dental habits is a precursor to issues such as heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. We’ve also established that dental professionals recommend people floss before they brush to remove the most plaque, and to repeat this flossing & brushing process twice a day. Although, what exactly happens inside your mouth if you cease to practice these healthy oral habits? Let’s discuss the symptoms and signs of declining gum health.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is the most common and painful result of poor gum health. In early stages, plaque builds up in the mouth causing gums to become inflamed, this process is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can be easily prevented if one simply flosses and brushes it away. Although, if left untreated, the bacteria on your teeth will began releasing enamel-decaying acid that gets entrenched in the gum line. Over time, this plaque begins to harden and infect the gums. At this stage, the gingivitis has evolved to gum disease which leaves irreversible harm to an individual’s oral health. Other signs of gum disease include:

  • Visibly inflamed gums
  • Gums that bleed while flossing & brushing
  • Pain when chewing
  • Shifting or loose teeth

Fortunately, those in the gingivitis stage can reverse the deterioration of their gums if they practice healthy oral hygiene. Besides flossing & brushing, other ways to prevent gum disease includes maintaining a healthy diet, resisting to smoke or vape, and getting your teeth examined by the dentist every 6 months. As mentioned earlier, periodontitis is a precursor to many other serious conditions, so integrating these oral hygiene habits into everyday life provides huge overall health benefits.

Receding Gums

Receding gums actually indicate a specific type of gum disease. Diagnosed by a dentist, they’ll measure gum pockets with a small painless ruler, and anything measured larger than 3-millimeters can be a sign of gum disease. A visible symptom of receding gum-lines is if the root surface of your teeth begins to become exposed. While receding gums is responsible for about 70% of adult tooth loss, there are some ways to treat this issue before it gets too severe, such as:

  • Antibiotics to fight infections
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Antibiotic topical gel
  • Enzyme suppressants
  • Healthy oral hygiene

If none of these treatments work, then dental operations such as grafting and flap surgery can be done to treat receding gums. Although the absolute best way to avoid this serious health issue is to floss and brush away gingivitis when it’s still in its early stages.

Maintaining Proper Gum Health

Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from between your teeth, flossing regularly also helps keep tartar out of hard-to-reach places. GumChucks’ design ensures a flossing experience that’s faster, easier, and more effective than competing flossers or traditional floss. Our two handles with disposable floss allow you to comfortably reach all your teeth, even those in the back while wrapping the floss around each tooth. This creates the vital “C-Shape” necessary to get below the gum line and effectively clean each tooth.



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