Five blessings are necessary for happiness, so people used to say, ‘We have the five blessings,’ to describe a happy life.
The five blessings are longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a peaceful death.
Since one of the five blessings is health, it is very important for humans to live happy lives. Dental health is also important but it’s not that easy to have healthy teeth and gums. Many people suffer from various mouth diseases, including gum disease.
Periodontitis is a disease that attacks the gums, the bones of the jaws, and the area around the teeth. Its primary cause is the buildup of tartar. Periodontitis melts the alveolar periosteum and loosens the teeth.
The initial symptoms of periodontitis are: bleeding and swollen or red gums. Additional symptoms may also include bad breath, itchy or painful gums, tooth migration, bloody pus, repeated pain, and receding gums.
Park Jung Hyun, a director of dentistry, says, “Regular scaling removes tartar and plaque and it helps to reduce gum disease. Even after tartar is removed, it continues to build up on the teeth, so adults should go to the dentist for scaling at least once a year. Smokers should come in for scaling twice a year.”
Generally, symptoms of periodontitis don’t appear right away. When half of the alveolar periosteum, which surrounds the roots of the teeth, recede, then the symptoms appear. Even when you go to the dentist, treatment, which can prevent the progress of periodontitis, may be the only option, because the gums can end up with a lot of damage. Therefore, if you are an adult without any obvious dental problems, you need to go to the dentist once every six months to get a checkup.
The most important way protect the teeth between cleanings is to brush your teeth in the appropriate way and to use the right toothpaste to protect your mouth from tartar and plaque. Some dentists educate people how to brush their teeth to remove tartar and plaque, which is very helpful.
Early treatment is important
If you didn’t take care of your teeth until you are in your 30s to 40s, senior programs, including, laser scaling and powder scaling, are an effective way to prevent and cure periodontitis.
If you go to dentist early when your gums bleed and your teeth get sensitive and loose, you don’t have to get an expensive implant or artificial teeth, but if it’s late, dental surgery can cost a lot of money.
If you have to have an implant, it’s better for you to go to a dentist who is an expert on periodontitis to help come up with the ideal cure.