National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. This event takes place between 13 May and 13 June. Let’s dedicate this month for our better dental care!
As Connie Stevens’s quote says: “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”
Our smile is a big part of who we are. Oral health is not only important because of the looks, it has a huge impact on our life and health condition. This is why this issue has to be taken seriously!
Periodontal diseases are the most common conditions to afflict European populations, but are among the least acknowledged. This disease also known as gum disease or periodontal disease causes the inflammation of the gums which may result in losing the teeth if left untreated. As it was mentioned before the biggest problem is that many people don’t even know whether they have an oral issue or not. This is why going to the dentist for regular check-ups is crucial. It is wiser to prevent a problem than cure a disease when the situation has gone bad or worse.
Let’s talk about periodontitis a bit more. How do you know if you have a periodontitis? What are the symptoms?
Periodontitis is the last and most dangerous stage of gum disease.
In the beginning it is called gingivitis which is the first warning sign of a severe problem. Gums became red, swollen, bleeding can occur during brushing the teeth. Good news is that in this stage there is no bone loss or root exposure and the progress can be stopped if it is noticed and treated in time!
If not, in this case the problem becomes irreversible. This stage is called periodontitis and this is when the inside layer of the gum and bone starts to pull away from the teeth and this forms a pocket. The disease causes the pockets to get deeper and deeper and more bone and gum tissue are destroyed. This leads to the loosening up of teeth and the painful result is tooth loss.
Don’t hesitate! Take care of your smile!
For more information about peridontal disease: Periodontal problems and their management
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