Did you know the reason that most teeth are lost is due to gum disease? Infection of the gums is extremely common among adults and it is the leading cause of tooth loss. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, results in deterioration of the gum tissue and bone surrounding teeth roots. The good news is that most gum disease is preventable – even those who already have periodontal disease can protect their teeth with the right treatment plan.
Periodontal or gum disease occurs when bacteria are allowed to multiply and flourish on the teeth. Small particles of food that become trapped in tooth crevices and in between teeth help bacteria thrive. Over time, these bacteria create plaque and tartar on the teeth, which inflames and irritates the surrounding gum tissue. The disease progresses, causing extensive damage to the oral soft tissues and jawbones. To stop this disease, the best defensive is a clean, healthy mouth.
Daily Oral Hygiene
Gum disease prevention begins at home with routine brushing and flossing. Removing the food and bacteria from the teeth with thorough brushing twice or more times per day is recommended. Flossing between the teeth also disrupts the bacteria and should be performed at least once a day. Other home treatments can include using a water pick to flush out debris between teeth that is missed by brushing and flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash to kill bacteria.
Even the most meticulous brusher and flosser needs regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings. There are always some spots that are hard to reach or keep clean with home oral hygiene tools. Most people need a thorough dental cleaning performed at least twice a year to maintain good oral health. Plus, the teeth stay whiter and look healthier with routine dental cleanings by a professional hygienist.
At ConfiDENT, we are dedicated to protecting the beautiful smiles of our patients. To maintain a healthy set of teeth, you need to protect your gum health. Call our office in Alpharetta, GA to schedule your next checkup and cleaning to help prevent gum disease and improve your overall oral health.