If you have gum (periodontal) disease, you are not alone. Many U.S. adults currently have some form of the disease. It ranges from simple gum inflammation, called gingivitis, to serious damage to the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. In the worst cases, you lose teeth.
Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends on how well you take care of your teeth and gums every day, from now on.
Who gets gum disease?
Generally, people don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to develop it than women. Although teenagers rarely develop the severe disease, periodontitis, they can have the milder gingivitis.
Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.
What causes gum disease?
Our mouths are full of bacteria. Along with mucus and other particles, they constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that can only be removed by thorough cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Popular commercial mouthwash is often a mixture of additives such as preservatives, colorants, artificial sweeteners, flavorings and a multitude of chemicals harmful to our health.
Why not control the ingredients yourself and make something that does an even better job and costs half as much!
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 drop tea tree oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup warm water