Around 10 to 15 percent of people suffer from severe gum disease, and around 50% have some form of gum disease. The difficulty with inflamed gums is that it often gives few symptoms, so many people do not realize that they have gum disease. And that brings risks again.
How do you ensure that your gums do not get inflamed? And how can you recognize it? We figured it out for you:
Symptoms of gum disease
If your gums are red or swollen, it may indicate an inflammation. Even when your gums start bleeding with a touch, whether during brushing, eating or touching: it can indicate a gum disease. In addition, you may suffer from a typical mouth odor (which is usually not too fresh) that is caused by bacteria that cause the inflammation.
What causes it?
It will probably not surprise you, but your gums can start to become infected due to insufficient oral hygiene. If you do not brush and float enough, plaque can remain on the teeth and molars. This plaque consists of bacteria and food residues, the bacteria can cause inflammation of your gums.
Because gum disease does not always cause symptoms, you may not even notice it. As a result, the inflammation gets worse and that can have some consequences – in the worst case you can even lose a tooth. In addition, severe gum disease can affect other diseases. The bacteria in your mouth produce toxic substances and this can end up in your bloodstream. For example, there are relationships between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, premature birth during pregnancy, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.
Do you think your gums are inflamed? Then it's best to go to the dentist, dental hygienist or (in serious cases) to the paradentist.
What can you do?
You can prevent gum disease through good oral hygiene. A starting inflammation can be remedied, for example, by brushing two to three times a day and using dental floss or toothpicks.