Gum infections, otherwise known as periodontal diseases, can be very dangerous. Dental plaque, gingivitis, and other malicious gum agents can affect the gums and endanger the support of your natural teeth. We recommend good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing to help fight these agents.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 are at higher risk from losing teeth due to gum disease than from cavities. To prevent gum disease and other tooth decay, we recommend brushing and flossing every day.
A major contributor to periodontal disease and tooth decay is bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film that accumulates on your teeth at the gum line. This constant buildup can be prevented by brushing and flossing each day and eating an appropriate diet. Plaque buildup can eventually turn into a harder substance known as Calculus (or tartar). Dental cleanings and other tools can remove these buildups to help ensure healthier smiles.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Plaque stems from bacteria in food and other toxins that remain in the mouth throughout the day. This bacteria irritates the gums and can cause them to bleed easily. Prolonged gum irritation and poor health will weaken gums and therefore the natural support for your teeth. If not treated, gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to tooth separation and eventually tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
We recommend brushing and flossing every day when you wake up and before you go to bed. Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming meals is another great way to ensure bacteria and plaque do not build up in your mouth. If plaque does build up, we recommend a professional teeth cleaning from one of our amazing dentists to put you back on the right track!