Why You Should Stop Neglecting Proper Gum Care

January 21, 2022 - By Bruce Michaelson

The majority of people worldwide are more concerned about their teeth than their gums when it comes to dental health. While they are willing to go to great lengths to ensure their teeth remain in good condition, they neglect gum care. If you are guilty of the same, it is vital that you take better care of your gums to avoid facing serious ramifications.


Your gums can become painful.

Our dentists in Abu Dhabi state that the most common way people tend to develop gum-related problems is by failing to remove debris from the gum line adequately. When food particles are stuck between teeth that are not removed, bacteria can build up, affecting the gum tissue. These can cause infections and lead to inflammations which can be very painful. Beneficial actions, such as brushing, can also inadvertently cause gum issues if sufficient care is not taken. Brushing too hard can hurt the tissue and result in ulcers and bruises that could be very painful. 


You may develop periodontitis.

Periodontitis, also known by the name ‘gum disease’, is an infection that damages the soft tissue in your gums. Without any intervention, it can destroy the jawbone causing tooth loss and significant pain. The disease is preventable if you take proper care of your gums by removing plaque and tartar with regular brushing and flossing or a professional dental cleaning at our dental clinic in Abu Dhabi. If left on the teeth, tartar causes inflammation on the gum area near the teeth base, a disease called gingivitis. When the inflammation is untreated for an extended period, it causes pockets of bacteria to develop, and these continue to grow deeper until it leads to both tissue and bone loss.


You may suffer from gum recession.

When gums recede, it causes your teeth to look elongated and, without medical help, would eventually result in significant tooth loss. The gums are part of the structure that keeps the teeth in place, so the teeth will not be adequately supported when the gums have receded. It is impossible to reverse recession, and the only way to treat it is through surgery or replacing the remaining teeth with dentures. Gum recession can occur because of several factors, but improper dental hygiene is a primary cause. Failing to clean the gums and teeth properly will result in infections such as periodontitis that causes recession. Over brushing can also be a cause due to the damage it causes to both gum tissue and teeth enamel, resulting in receding gums. 


The best way to avoid the above is by properly taking care of your gums. Always follow basic dental hygiene practises such as brushing and flossing. Also, make sure to schedule regular dental checkups. Dentists can easily identify gum issues while they are in an early stage, allowing you to treat the problem before it worsens. For further information about gum disease, and how to avoid it, contact us at American Dental Clinic.

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