"Gingivitis Is The Most Common Periodontal Disease Among Children"

Gingivitis is periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums.

It is a mild form of gum infection that causes swelling and bleeding. However don't take it lightly, it can lead to bone destruction and tooth loss.

This disease is rarely painful in the early stages, consequently it often goes unnoticed until severe irritation or red swollen receding gums occur.

It is a periodontal disease which involves inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets.

If it is allowed to progress it will severely weaken the support structures of the teeth, and worst case, could even lead to pyorrhea or trench mouth.

Most certainly it could cause you to lose your teeth, and require you to get dentures or implants.

Symptoms Of Gingivitis:

  • Bleeding gums---blood on your toothbrush even with gentle brushing
  • Bright red or red-purple appearance to your gums
  • Gums that are tender when touched
  • Mouth sores
  • Swollen gums
  • Shiny appearance to gums
  • Bad Breath

What Causes The Gum Infection And Inflammation?

The simple answer is, not obeying your mother. I'm sure you were told to brush your teeth and gums morning and night and floss at least once a day.

If you followed this simple advice you more than likely would not develop periodontal disease.

It is caused by the long-term effects of plaque deposits. Plaque is a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develops on the teeth when you don't care for your teeth regularly.

It is a major cause of tooth decay and cavities.

Plaque that stays on your teeth longer than two or three days can harden under your gum line into tartar.

You usually can't get rid of tartar by brushing and flossing — you will need to have your teeth cleaned by a dental hygenist to remove it.

Thats why dental professionals recommend a cleaning and check up every 6 months.

Periodontal Disease Commonly Occurs During:

  • Puberty
  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy
  • And at Menopause

Presumably because of hormonal changes.

We do know that oral contraceptives may make inflammation problems worse.

An estimated 98 percent of all young people have some degree of gum infection.

Although gingivitis in children rarely causes a serious problem such as permanent tooth loss, it has a tendency to peak in severity at the time of puberty.

Gingivitis May Also Be An Early Sign Of A Systemic Disorder, Such as:

  • Diabetes
  • AIDS
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • And Leukopenia which is a decrease in the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) found in the blood, which places individuals at increased risk of infection
  • Particularly if it occurs in people with minimal dental plaque.

Other Things That May Raise Your Risk For Gingivitis:

  • Injury to the gums from any cause
  • including overly vigorous brushing or flossing of the teeth

  • General illness
  • Exposure to heavy metals
  • Severe deficiency of niacin
  • Not enough vitamin C
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Rough edges of fillings
  • Ill-fitting or unclean mouth appliances
  • Such as Braces, Dentures, Bridges, and Crowns

  • Genetics-if one family member has periodontal disease, it is a good idea for all family members to see a dental professional for a periodontal disease screening
  • Periodontal disease may be passed from parents to children and between couples.

    Researchers suggest that the bacteria which causes periodontal disease may be passed from one person to another though saliva.---Kissing---or using Somebody Else's Drinking Glass---

    This means that the common contact of saliva in families puts children and couples at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member

Many people have gingivitis to a varying degree. It usually develops during puberty or early adulthood due to hormonal changes and may persist or return frequently, depending on the health of your teeth and gums.

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Teeth And Gum Care Tips

  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Practice good oral hygiene.
  • Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day (morning and night)
  • This will also prevent tooth decay.

  • Floss at least once a day
  • Get a new tooth brush every couple of months
  • Rinse your mouth and your tooth brush with Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
  • Eat a balanced diet which is an anti inflammation diet
  • Take a pharmaceutical grade Omega 3 fish oil supplement
  • This will help clear up the chronic inflammation in your mouth and in your whole body.

  • Limit snacking
  • Eat a variety of foods, but eat fewer foods that contain sugars and starches. These foods produce the most acids in the mouth, which begin the decay process. If you have to snack, brush your teeth afterward.

  • If you use tobacco products, quit

Smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco products increases your risk of oral cancer and cancers of the larynx, pharynx and esophagus; gum disease; as well as causes bad breath, tooth discoloration, and contributes to other oral and general health problems.

Scientists Have Found Associations Between Periodontal Disease And A Number Of Other Problems, Including:

What's behind these connections? Experts can't say for certain, but they believe that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and injure major organs.

Inflammation Is A Common Denominator, experts say. Periodontal disease, marked by inflammation, may increase inflammation throughout the body.

Chronic inflammation , is a problem in many other diseases.

When people have moderate to severe gum disease, their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein that rises during chronic inflammation, increase. CRP levels are also used to assess a person's risk of a heart attack.
Gum disease treatment involves reducing the inflammation . The teeth are cleaned thoroughly by the dentist or dental hygienist to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.

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