You might be wondering, “What’s Gum Disease?”
Periodontal diseases are infections of your gums.
This infection can gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Ultimately, this can lead to tooth loss!
But periodontal maintenance can help keep the gum infection at bay!
Let’s explore how our dentists and hygiene team can keep your gum disease under control!
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Often, inconsistency in hygiene habit is what lets gum disease to appear.
But once gum disease appears, your gum disease won’t go away on its own.
Regular professional examinations and cleanings are then needed to combat your gum disease.
“3 out of 4 adults are affected by gum disease at some time in their life.”
-American Academy of Periodontology
Important factors affecting the health of your gums:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal disease is gum disease, and it can negatively impact your overall health.
Daily oral hygiene habits are important, but it is not enough to control your disease.
Periodontal disease can be accelerated by a number of different factors.
Because there are numerous entities causing the disease, different treatment approaches are required!
Let’s discover what causes gum disease first!
What is plaque?
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque.
Plaque is a colorless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line! This film constantly forms on your teeth.
By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can help remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
If not removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
This calculus is the yellow and brown sediment that forms on your teeth. They are usually visible where the teeth meets your gum.
Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. This is why gum disease can impact your overall health.
What will happen to my teeth?
Daily oral hygiene habits are important, but it is not enough to control your gum disease.
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. This may cause your gums to turn red, swell and bleed easily!
If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. These pockets are also known as periodontal pockets.
Periodontal pockets are where bacteria accumulates. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate.
If left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss!
“Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities.”
-American Academy of Periodontology
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing techniques.
Untreated gum disease can lead to many dental issues for patients:
- Loose teeth from bone loss
- Persistent bad breathe or bad taste
- Sensitive teeth from exposed roots
- Tender gums that bleed easily
- Red, puffy, and swollen gums
- Receding gum line
- Painful chewing
Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, patients still may develop some form of periodontal disease.
Problems like periodontal pockets and swollen gums make it difficult to clean plaque on your own.
Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress!
What is Periodontal Maintenance?
For patients with gum disease, a regular teeth cleaning will not clean out the plaque from gum disease.
A special deep treatment is then needed to keep your gum disease in control!
The deeper your pockets, the worse your gum disease may be. As your body reacts to the infection, your gums become red, puffy, and swollen from the gum disease.
Periodontal maintenance is a professional dental hygiene treatment that cleans deeper than a regular dental cleaning.
- Clean your periodontal pockets below the swollen gum lines.
- Flush the pockets with antiseptic for disinfection.
- Get down to your gums and between your teeth.
- Remove the tartar buildup (calculus) of plaque.
- Lowers the amount of plaque bacteria.
- Help shrink the periodontal pockets.
Your gums can then become healthier when the inflammation can get better and when the pockets can shrink!
Book Your Periodontal Maintenance Visit!
If you follow through with your periodontal maintenance, you are more likely to keep your teeth.
Gum disease is a manageable disease with professional dental care from our hygiene team.
Let’s start protecting your teeth to keep your gum disease in control!