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What Are The Causes That Cause Gum Damage?

The mouth is strong and resistant, but the signs of age, diet, and lifestyle and body condition in general, directly affect health and dental aesthetics. The teeth and gums suffer over the years, since, on the one hand, the teeth tend to discolor and turn yellow, become thinner and translucent, and the enamel weakens.

In addition, the gums suffer from the accumulation of plaque bacteria as well as the action of certain general diseases and medications. What results in dental sensitivity and constitutes one of the first signs of serious oral problems that undoubtedly pose a great threat to show off a young and healthy smile.

And, 80% of adults have some gum disease and almost a third of people between 18 and 35 have weakened enamel. Thus, despite the fact that for those who suffer it is frustrating and that it is extremely common in people of all ages, patients often ignore these signs or do not even know they suffer from them.

What Causes Gum Damage and the Erosion of Enamel?

First, diet, drinks and acidic foods, such as fruits, juices, red wine or salad dressings dissolve the enamel making it finer, dull and discolored. Also the lifestyle, bad brushing techniques or excessive pressure can damage and weaken the enamel, as well as cause recession in the gum. Finally, another cause is different health factors such as diabetes, pregnancy or dry mouth.

How to Detect Damage in Gums & Enamel

The first signs that the gums have a problem is that they are irritated and there is a bad breath that does not go away. Then, when the damage is already advanced, it ends up causing a loss of teeth and receding gums.

On the other hand, when the enamel is weak, dental sensitivity can be noticed, since the dentin is exposed; the teeth may become discolored and appear yellowish; and the edges of the teeth become thin and transparent.

Are There Any At-Home Solutions for Gum Damage?

To solve all those who may suffer damage to the gums or enamel, Oral-B has developed the new Oral-B Gum & Enamel Repair range, which slows down the first signs of gum disease and repairs damaged enamel in two weeks. On the one hand, it works in the gum line to control the damage caused by the plaque, while repairing the enamel and defending the teeth from erosion of dietary acids.

However, the best long-term solution for treating damaged gums from gum disease is to schedule an appointment with your local periodontist! 

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about the impact that your gums have on your oral health or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

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