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Oral Health and Gum Care

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Although oral health care is often focused on teeth, it is also crucial to ensure that children’s gums are receiving adequate attention and maintenance. Lack of gum care can lead to Gingivitis, Periodontal Disease, decay of gum tissue and loss of teeth. The decay of gum tissue advances gradually but unhealthy gums can led to Gingivitis which, if left untreated, can result in Periodontists disease. Even though the most essential aspect of oral health is brushing and flossing teeth, there is a lot more to gum care than these 2 things. Other factors that jeopardize the health of gum tissue included:

·         An imbalanced diet that is high in sugar or acidic foods

·         Irregular and infrequent trips to the dentist

·         Not replacing toothbrush every 3-4 months

·         Certain medications that can reduce saliva flow

·         Not drinking enough water/drinking too many sugary drinks

·         Not rinsing mouth throughout the day between daily brushing

·         Smoking reduces gum tissues ability to repair itself

The symptoms of gum disease are subtle and gradual, but signs of decay can often include overly sensitive gums, persistent bad breath, and swollen or even receding gums. Fortunately, the early stages of gum disease are completely reversible and with adequate oral care and regular dental treatment, even diseased gum tissue can be restored to optimal health.

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