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Did you know misalignment could lead to gum diseases?

Gum Diseases: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

You read that right. Even if you have good oral hygiene, the risk of gum diseases and decay is high if you have a misalignment. Hence, correcting misalignment is important. Not only will it give your smile a makeover and increase your confidence, but also prevent gum diseases in the long run. So if you have been considering teeth straightening for a while, we’d say— do it.

Worried the process will be painful or not-so-friendly for your pockets? Don’t worry, when you can choose toothsi. While most brands promise comfort with aligners, we promise that as well as a comfortable smile makeover journey, which starts from your home.

But first, let’s know all about gum diseases and how misalignment is putting your gums at risk:

What are gum diseases?

It all starts with poor oral hygiene. Not brushing and flossing regularly can cause a bacterial build-up (aka plaque) in your mouth. The plaque targets your teeth and gums, thus causing inflammation or gingivitis. So if you notice frequent bleeding or swelling around your gums, you could be dealing with gingivitis. And leaving this condition untreated could lead to periodontitis or even loss of teeth.

For a better understanding, let’s deep-dive into what gingivitis and periodontitis are:

With every stage, your gum disease gets more and more severe:

Early stage of gum disease, Gingivitis (jin-juh-vai-tis):

Gingivitis is a condition where bacterial build-up causes inflammation in your gums. It is extremely common, and we all have experienced it once in a lifetime. Your gums might feel tender, swollen, or will bleed while brushing your teeth. The symptoms are mostly mild and reversible with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

Basically, only your gums are affected, but your teeth are safe sitting in their sockets. However, if you continue ignoring your oral hygiene, the condition can get severe and lead to periodontitis.

Advanced stage of gum disease, Periodontitis (per-e-o-don-tie-tis):

Periodontitis is when the gum infection spreads below the gum line and affects the soft tissue surrounding the teeth. It is an advanced stage of gum infection. At this stage, the inner layer of the gums and bone start pulling away from the teeth to form pockets. These pockets start collecting the gunk and plaque, which breaks down the tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place. And if you still don’t get a gum disease treatment, the pockets will only deepen. Eventually, it will destroy the tissues and bones that hold your teeth in the sockets, thus leading to loss of teeth.

What are the symptoms of gum diseases?

You must seek medical attention if you have:

  • Loose teeth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Puffy, tender, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums when touched
  • Purplish or bright red gums
  • Bad breath or weird smell in the mouth
  • Accumulation of pus around your teeth
  • Persistent bleeding while or after brushing your teeth
  • Noticed a change in the way your teeth fit together every time you take a bite

Remember! Healthy gums are firm and pink. So even if you notice a slight difference or discomfort, it’s best to visit your dentist.

What causes gum diseases?

The culprit in most cases is the plaque. However, gum infection can be due to the following reasons:

  1. Unhealthy diet: High intake of starch or sugary food can increase the risk of bacterial buildup, which if left untreated, can cause gum infection or gingivitis.

  2. Unhealthy habits: Smoking is harmful to your gums. It can affect the recovery speed of your gums over time.

  3. Severe health conditions: Diseases such as HIV, cancer, or diabetes can have severe repercussions too. For example, diabetes is a condition where the body can't control sugar levels, which can cause bacterial build-ups and eventually gum infection.

  4. Imbalance hormones: We bet you didn't know this, but hormonal imbalances, mostly during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause, can make your gums sensitive. And sensitive gums are highly prone to infection.

  5. Hereditary: Unfortunately, if your parents have gum or oral hygiene issues, you are likely to develop them too.

  6. Poor oral hygiene: One of the most common reasons for gum diseases! Not brushing or flossing properly can cause bacteria to form a clear-sticky film (plaque) on your teeth. This plaque will harm your teeth and gums to cause a severe infection.

  7. And now, here's another common cause of gum diseases: Misalignment.

How does misalignment lead to gum diseases?

The answer is plaque (again!). For misaligned teeth, maintaining good oral hygiene can be challenging. There’s always a high chance you’ve missed a spot or certain areas while brushing or flossing because of crooked teeth or misalignment. Hence, the result is bacterial buildup leading to gum infection.

Is there a gum disease treatment?

Yes! Gingivitis and Periodontitis are treatable if you take medical help at the right time. A gum disease treatment includes:

  • Scaling: Where they will remove the plaque and tartar and thoroughly clean your teeth.

  • Root planing: In this process, they will clean the roots of your teeth to prevent bacteria from forming a sticky film.

  • Cavity or crown fillings: If you have large and small cavities, they will clean, shape, and fill them to create smooth surfaces (which are easier to clean).

  • A healthier oral hygiene routine: The dentist will recommend a new and healthier oral hygiene routine as a part of the gum disease treatment.

How to prevent gum diseases?

If it’s not too late for you yet, you can prevent gum diseases. Here’s how:

  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Avoid smoking and sugary food
  • Don’t skip your annual dental checkups
  • Follow good oral hygiene (suggested by your dentist)
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush

How to prevent gum diseases if you have a misalignment?

One of the best ways to do it is to get a smile makeover. Don’t let crooked or misaligned teeth lead your pearly whites into trouble. You can either go for the traditional braces or choose a more comfortable alternative— aligners.

About aligners:

They are a great option, especially if you have sensitive gums. Aligners are comfortable, lightweight, and made of non-toxic materials, which means zero risk for your gums. Plus, they are removable! So you get the freedom to follow your oral hygiene and eat what you want and when you want.

Sounds like something you’d want for a smile makeover?

Wait till you read the benefits of toothsi and its aligners:

  1. toothsi aligners are comfortable, removable, lightweight, and almost invisible (yes, no one will know you are wearing them!).

  2. We use industrial-grade machines and state-of-the-art facilities such as robotic arms for aligner trimming and polishing.

  3. Every aligner is custom-made for you by our team of engineers and expert orthodontists (with 10+ years of exp).

  4. They are made of premium-quality bio-compatible sheets that are FDA-approved, CE-certified, allergen-free, and BPA-free (non-toxic!).

  5. And the best part— you don’t have to step out to get your aligners! We’ll come to your home for teeth scans and deliver your aligners to your doorsteps.

  6. Also, you have the freedom to pay for your aligner kit only after you like the 3D virtual smile plan (it shows what your smile will look like after the makeover). The orthodontist assessments and virtual plan charges are nominal.

  7. Our packages are super convenient for your pockets, and we have super-affordable EMI too: ₹ 2,786 per month for the toothsi easy package ₹ 6,497 per month for the toothsi prime package

  8. We have a dedicated team of experts and customer care to assist you until the end of the journey.

Basically, we offer you a smile makeover journey just like it should be— full of smiles! toothsi aligners are here to help you will all your misalignment problems, so you don’t have to worry about gum diseases, gum infections, or even gum disease treatments. We are available in 17 cities, and if you don’t find us in yours, you can always order our impression kit.

What’s an impression kit? It’s a box with everything you need to take teeth impressions at home. Of course, our expert orthodontists will be virtually present to guide you and take the best impressions. What next?

You get a 3D virtual smile plan → You approve → You pay for the aligner kit → We deliver the aligners to your doorstep.

Yup, getting a smile makeover is super convenient with toothsi.

Now coming back to gum diseases— they are treatable yes, but why take the risk at all? An infected gum can be extremely painful to deal with, and there’s definitely that risk of losing your tooth. Which we bet you’d not want to. So take precautions. Follow a healthy diet. Visit your dentist for checkups or your orthodontist if you are planning to get a smile makeover.

With aligners making teeth straightening super comfortable and convenient, all you have to do is remember to wear them 22 hours a day. And if you are looking for a pocket-friendly brand to align your teeth, you can always come aboard toothsi. We’ll be happy to make your dream smile come true.

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