The abundance of breath mints and breath-taming chewing gums for sale in the average supermarket checkout line testify to the prevalence of bad breath in our society. But if you suffer from chronically bad breath, it can even start affecting your relationships.
Gum disease, more professionally referred to as periodontal disease, involves the deterioration and infection of gum tissue and the widening of gaps between gums and teeth. In its most advanced stages, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious health conditions like cardiac disease or an exasperated form of diabetes.
Almost everyone has heard the term "gingivitis" and understands it refers to some form of gum disease, but most do not know the exact definition of gingivitis, and many are not sure what they can do to prevent gum disease or to help reverse its effects. Given the devastating effects gum disease can have if left untreated, it is critical to get at least a basic education on what you can do to fight back against gingivitis.
Periodontal (gum) disease is extremely common and relatively easy to get. And yet, there are many effective means that can help prevent or minimize the risks of gum disease. If you do notice signs of periodontal disease, you should not hesitate to see your periodontist for a check-up and the appropriate periodontal treatment. The earlier you catch gum disease, the less damage is done and the easier it is to reverse it.
There are over 40 million U.S. adults who suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Normally, this sensitivity is only temporary, coming and going, and consists in sharp, sudden pains that affect the sensitive tooth's nerve endings. The pain may be cause by contact with hot or cold foods, sweet foods, anything with high acid content, or even just contact with the air.