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Is Gum Disease Contagious?


Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a 3d rendering of the stages of gum diseaseGum disease is vital to keep control over. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, the more you can restrict its spread, the better for your oral health. The problem with gum disease is that once it begins in your mouth, your are more likely to have health problems in your mouth and perhaps throughout your body as well. Here are some pointers you can use to help keep your gum disease under control.

What Is Gum Disease Exactly?


The exact same bacteria in your mouth that cause your cavities cause gum disease as well. Your risk of getting gum disease increases the older you are. In fact, by the time you reach midlife, the Centers for Disease Control estimates you have a 50 percent chance of gum disease, which increases to 70 percent by the time you retire.

Gum disease has three stages. Stage One: gingivitis. It is fairly easy to tell if you may have gingivitis because one of the symptoms is bleeding gums. Other gingivitis symptoms can be swollen and discolored gums. If you have stage one gum disease, our dentist can help you cure it through proper diet, brushing, and flossing. However, if you have periodontitis (the second and third stages), our dentists can help you treat the disease, but it cannot be cured.

Infections


Gum disease can be very infectious. Not only can you spread it from person to person through kissing, sharing toothbrushes, and sharing food and drink, but it can spread from one part of your gums to another part easily.

What Can I Do?


Whether you have gum disease or not, there are things you can do to avoid getting the disease, having it worsen, or spreading it. First, be sure that you are not using nicotine. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the gums, which can make gum disease worse. Also, be sure you are eating a healthy diet because that will help keep the bacteria in your mouth under control. You need to make sure you are visiting our dentist regularly as well because that is the best way to prevent the spread of gum disease.

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