Gum disease occurs when the tissue surrounding your teeth gets infected. The infection is generally caused by the accumulation of biofilm, which is a layer of bacteria that can stick to your gums. And while biofilm is a normal occurrence, if not gotten rid of on a daily basis, it can cause serious gum disease.
Gum disease starts with Gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum disease which can then develop into serious Periodontitis if not treated properly; it’s also a common cause of tooth loss. According to a study, one out of every two Americans over the age of 30 has periodontal disease. So how do you prevent it? Let’s find out.
Most people believe that brushing twice a day and flossing before going to sleep will keep their teeth and gums perfect. But that’s not enough. Teeth comprise 25% of the mouth, and the rest of it (gums) can face gradual decay if not also cared for.
Mouthwash is an antiseptic liquid that prevents the accumulation of biofilm on the teeth line if used on a regular basis. It takes 30–60 seconds for the mouthwash to eliminate bacteria in the mouth, and a good mouthwash can protect your gums for up to 12 hours. That being said, while mouthwash can be a good strategy for protecting your gums against biofilm and Gingivitis, once gingivitis has developed into Periodontitis, you have to get extensive medical treatment for it.
Other than the gums, mouthwash is also good for the teeth. It prevents the accumulation of bacteria on the teeth and helps avoid plaque. It’s effective in keeping the mouth bacteria-free in general if used after eating sweets, etc. Also, it gives you fresh breath instantly.
Not all gum problems are caused by oral hygiene. Gum infections are a symptom of many other serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, stress, poor nutrition etc. If mouthwash isn’t helping, it’s advisable to get an in-depth check-up.
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