Without routine homecare and regular visits for checkups and cleanings, your smile could develop gum disease. A serious issue that impacts millions of people in the United States, gum disease has been linked to bleeding gums and even tooth loss. What steps can our Newhall, CA, residents take to keep their smiles free of periodontal disease?
What Causes the Disease?
The trouble starts with gum inflammation, known as gingivitis. Inflammation may be caused by a number of different issues, such as family history of periodontal trouble, lack of proper oral hygiene allowing plaque buildup to form, smoking and tobacco use, certain medications, and inflammatory illnesses. Once the gums become inflamed, this could eventually enable the tissue to pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria enter these pockets, gum disease forms. Warning signs may include soreness, redness in the gum tissue, or bleeding when you brush or floss. If you begin to experience one or more of these warning signs, then contact our team right away.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Without treatment, the disease will grow more severe over time. Eventually, periodontitis may develop. The advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis could cause the tissue that connect the teeth and gums to deteriorate, leading to loose teeth and eventually, adult tooth loss. Don’t ignore the warning signs of trouble, let us know right away so we can offer treatment to either reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease, safeguarding your smile.
To avoid the disease, you need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session, and floss thoroughly every night before going to bed. These actions remove food particles from on and between the teeth, which keeps bacteria from breaking them own and creating plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that could inflame the gums. You should also see us for routine dental cleanings, so we can remove all plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from your smile completely, which helps your gum tissue stay healthy. We also suggest you avoid tobacco products and let us know if you experience any changes to your gum tissue. If you have any questions about the causes of periodontal disease, or about the preventive actions we recommend, then please contact our team today. We would love to help you and your family enjoy bright beautiful smiles free of periodontal troubles!
Schedule Your Cleaning Today
We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health and beautiful smiles with routine care every six months and regular homecare as well. To learn more about preventive dentistry and other options for safeguarding your smile’s health and appearance, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.