National Gum Care Month Is a Good Reminder to Prevent Gum Disease

We may sometimes forget that our gums keep our teeth in position and functioning and that infected gums can translate into several complications, including tooth loss. 

Protecting your gums is a straightforward task. Daily brushing and flossing must be essential components of your personal oral hygiene routine, as should regular dental cleanings to eliminate plaque and tartar. 

Keep reading to learn more about gum disease and how you can prevent it this National Gum Care Month.

Addressing Gum Disease

As with most medical issues, preventive treatments are the most effective way to avoid complications and maintain your health. For gum disease, early detection during regular dental checkups is essential. In addition, starting treatment early can also halt the progression of the disease and help you avoid severe infections that are more difficult to cure and gradually deteriorate your teeth and gums. 

Types of Gum Disease

Gum disease is classified into two subtypes. The first stage, referred to as gingivitis, is the mildest. Untreated, it eventually develops into periodontitis, a more severe form. 

Both are the result of bacterial infections and may result in loose teeth or teeth that need to be extracted.


Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Its symptoms include swollen or red gums or gums that bleed during brushing. If you notice any of these signs, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options. 


Periodontitis causes rapid gum recession and can cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. The infection causing it can also spread through the bloodstream to other organs in the body and worsen the inflammation associated with diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. 

Gum Disease Prevention

Brushing twice daily for two minutes each time followed by flossing can help you eliminate bacterial buildup and prevent plaque from hardening into tartar. 

However, plaque and tartar buildup near the gum line and in hard-to-reach areas such as between the teeth is unavoidable. This is one of the main reasons you should see your dentist for a detailed cleaning every six months. 

Get advanced gum disease treatment from Dr. David Powell, DDS, at All Care Dentistry in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-1414, booking an appointment online, or visiting us at 6065 S Fashion Blvd # 275, Murray, Salt Lake City, UT 84107.

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