Health of gums has a direct influence on the health of teeth. Regular flossing and thorough brushing are an absolutely necessary part of your daily oral care routine. Brushing and flossing will help to remove plaque that can collect below the gum line, cause infection and lead to gum disease or periodontitis. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common inflammatory condition caused by a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. This leads to the deterioration of the surrounding soft tissues that provide stability for the teeth. Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in American adults. So if you show signs of gum disease, such as red, swollen gums and chronic bad breath, we will act fast to treat the infection and keep you smiling!
More Information on Gum or Periodontal Disease
Often going unnoticed, gum disease hides in the mouth while it destroys gum tissue and teeth. Some estimate nearly 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. Recent research shows a correlation between those who have gum disease and patients who suffer from strokes, heart attacks or even complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Early symptoms of gum disease may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Dental check ups must be performed regularly to detect, treat and reverse gum disease in early stages to ensure major problems will not develop.
Cause and Effect
There are many factors which contribute to periodontitis such as plaque buildup, heredity and lifestyle choices. The most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, which is a sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Most of these bacteria can be easily eliminated with regular practice of brushing and flossing. However, when left unchecked, these bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers bonding gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, where more bacteria can flourish and destroy your teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only your gums, teeth and bone within the mouth, but also overall health.
Maintaining the Health of Your Gums
The best way to fight periodontal disease is through regular dental visits. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and use mouth rinse daily. Dr. Laura Kearney and his staff will recommend oral care and gum treatment products that will help you fight off unwanted bacteria. We will also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have one of the stages of periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend more frequent check-ups to help your gums stay healthy.
Make an appointment with Dr. Laura Kearney today! We’re here to ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful for years to come.