By Jayzle-May, age 13, California
We all know that eating healthy, exercising, drinking water, taking vitamins, etc., are all good for our health. We also know that oral health is basic hygiene. Sometimes we might forget to floss this one time or brush our teeth once instead of twice. Neglecting oral health is dangerous to your health. Without proper care, you can get gum disease.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a disease you don't want. One of the reasons why people get this disease is because of poor dental hygiene. Gum disease can cause other problems in your body, like respiratory problems, and even lower your life expectancy. If you're older, gum disease can increase the risk of a heart attack. Some symptoms of gum disease are swelling, bleeding gums, mouth sores, or your gums might turn a purplish color. Gingivitis can be uncomfortable for some while painless for others. With all the consequences that come with gingivitis, it's something you shouldn't wish for and you should try to avoid.
Gingivitis is caused by a number of things like uncontrollable diabetes, pregnancy, and poor oral health. No one can completely make themselves immune to gingivitis, but we can take steps to lower our chances of getting gingivitis. Brushing your teeth twice or more a day and flossing at least once a day will accomplish this. Receiving regular checkups with the dentist is also important.
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