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Gum disease treatment
Gum disease is also known as gingivitis. Gum disease can lead to oral infection and can damage the teeth and the gums. Gum disease is the first stage of periodontal disease. If the gum disease it’s left untreated, can lead to periodontitis. Gum disease is reversible but periodontitis is not.

Gum disease is mainly caused by the build up of plaque of the teeth which, if not removed either by thorough brushing and flossing, or by a qualified oral hygienist, continues to pack against the gums and eventually forcing its way under the gum line, thus causing swelling and reddening of the gums and leading to the loosening of the muscles which attach the teeth to the gums.

The result is that the gums become tender and painful and bleed easily, while at the same time are pushed back from their natural position where they cover and protect the dentine layer of the teeth. As dentine does not have an enamel layer to protect it from the acids which are naturally formed in the mouth to aid in digestion, as is the case of the exposed parts of teeth; bacteria begin to thrive in the area and tooth decay may result.

Left unattended, the swelling and bleeding of the gums will simply get worse and worse, to a point where it becomes periodontitis. This stage is critical, as the bacteria will flourish in the unhealthy environment and will be further aided in its destructive path by food particles becoming trapped between the gums and the teeth. The worst result of the damage caused is that one’s teeth become loose and may be lost, as the disease progresses from the gums to the supporting bone around the teeth; and the teeth themselves decay.

In the early stages of the disease the complete and thorough removal of plaque must be carried out on a regular basis. This procedure is called scaling. Antiseptic or antibacterial mouth washes used daily with prevent the rampant growth of bacteria and keep the infected areas clean

There are a few natural remedies that you can use to combat gum disease. You can increase your intake o vitamin C because it has antibiotic properties.

Natural cranberries have an inherent natural compound which prevents plaque from sticking to the teeth. The grapefruit seed extract also has high levels of antibiotic properties, so a few drops a day on one’s toothbrush when brushing will help to reduce and even combat gingivitis.






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