Holistic Approach for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the collective name given to diseases that affect the gums and bone around the teeth. Taking into account the symptoms and stages of periodontal disease, a holistic approach for periodontal disease needs to be taken to treat and prevent it.
Stages of periodontal disease
There are basically two stages in periodontal disease.
The mild form of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. In this, the gums become red, swollen and they bleed. It is not painful. Gingivitis occurs due to improper brushing of teeth. It can be reversed with proper oral care.
If gingivitis is not reversed, it may turn into periodontitis. Bacteria formed due to improper brushing produce toxins. These toxins start destroying the gums. These toxins also stimulate the body’s immune system to start attacking the gums. This results in break down of the gums and the bones supporting the teeth. Eventually, if left untreated, teeth may have to be removed.
Symptoms of periodontal disease
- Redness, swelling and bleeding of gums
- Bad breath
- A persistent metallic taste in the mouth
- Recession of the gums
- Deep gaps between the teeth and the gums
- Loose teeth
Periodontal diseases are usually painless. This makes people think that they are harmless. They usually end up losing their teeth, which may not be harmful, but quite inconvenient.
Holistic approach for periodontal disease
To prevent and treat periodontal disease, a holistic approach is needed.
- Brush your teeth twice everyday. Consciously direct the bristles under the gum line also. Use a brush with soft bristles.
- Floss regularly.
- Use periodontal trays to maintain medications prescribed by the dentist at the source of the disease. Using of trays allows the medication to stay in place for a long time.
- Go to the dentist for a check up regularly. Listen and follow their advice.
- If you have periodontal disease, be informed about what it means and what treatments can be taken.
- After taking treatment, be careful to avoid getting periodontal disease again.