Periodontal MaintenancePeriodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Losing a Tooth Soon? Did you know that teeth contain stem cells that could help protect your family’s future health? Stem cells help the body renew and repair itself. When people hear “stem cells” they often think “embryonic stem cells”, but there are also adult stem cells. For decades, doctors have quietly been using these […]
There are many reasons for us to brush twice a day. When we brush, floss, and rinse, it minimizes the bacteria in our mouth. This in turn decreases oral disease, prevents bad breath, reduces stains and other particles keeping our teeth shiny white. These are all great reasons to brush but the most important reason […]
With recent technological advances, I am able to offer my patients many modern amenities, including digital x-rays (radiographs). The most positive affect of digital radiographs is the fact that they use a lot less radiation than the traditional way of taking x-rays. This day in age people are more aware of all aspects of health. […]
Braces, what do you think when you hear that word? I can’t help but think of bulky the metal brackets and wires that you have to wear for years to straighten your teeth. Not really a pleasant thought, or experience, in a lot of cases. What if I told you there was a way to […]
Gingivitis, commonly called gum disease, is caused when plaque is not regularly removed & spreads beneath the gum line causing irritated & inflamed gums. If left untreated it can advance to periodontitis, a disease that affects the gum tissue that surrounds & supports the teeth. Patients who suffer from periodontal disease have gums that are […]
What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the result of clenching the jaw down tightly and grinding the teeth. When you clench down on your teeth pressure is put on the muscles, tissues and other structures surrounding the jaw. People who clench their teeth mainly do it while sleeping. Symptoms Sore jaw Headaches Insomnia Depression Eating disorders […]
Bringing your child to the dentist can have the potential to be a stressful situation. Many parents fear of how their child may react. Fortunately, there are many ways you can prepare your child for their first dentist trip. Here are a few tips to ensure a positive first experience: Make brushing at home interesting. […]
Many people will tell you that being healthy includes exercise and eating a balanced diet. But not a lot of people realize that being healthy also includes regular dental checkups. Recently, there have been multiple studies showing that poor dental health can lead to a variety of health concerns including heart attacks, low birth weight […]
Most of us were personally affected by the water contamination that happened in the surrounding counties recently. Everywhere you went cases of water, gallons of water and even water jugs were out of stock. Coffee establishments could not sell coffee, tea or specialty drinks. Restaurants were forced to shut down completely. Nothing other than bottled […]
What is Oral Cancer? Oral cancer is an uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. It can appear as the growth or sore that does not go away and can be can be in your lips, cheeks, tongue, the floor of your mouth, hard and soft palates, sinuses, and your throat. […]