Preventing & Treating Gum Disease
Considering the importance of your teeth and the implications of losing them, protecting your oral health should be a top priority. As the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S., gum disease is one of the most destructive oral health issues that can afflict your smile, and understanding how it develops is an important key to fighting it. For instance, you may know that brushing and flossing your teeth is vital to gum disease prevention, but if you don’t know the beginning signs of gum disease, you might not notice it in time to prevent dental damage if it develops in spite of your efforts. Your dentist, Dr. Christopher Clark, helps increase your chances of defeating the oral health illness by explaining the tenets of gum disease prevention, early detection, and control.
Why Good Hygiene is Vital to Gum Disease Prevention
The purpose of brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day, aside from common courtesy to the people you interact with, is to control the excessive buildup of dental plaque, which is formed by accumulating oral bacteria. The sticky biofilm protects these germs, some of which can attack your teeth and gums and lead to numerous dental issues. In the case of gum disease, harmful microbes can release irritable toxins and incite inflammation of your gums, causing them to separate from your teeth. Redness, swelling, and bleeding often occur, though typically without causing physical discomfort, and can warn you that your hygiene routine failed to prevent the onset of gum disease. Diligent daily hygiene helps control the oral bacteria population in your mouth and the plaque that sticks to your teeth and gums, reducing your risk of gum disease, but if you notice that your gums appear inflamed, then visit Dr. Clark as soon as possible.
Controlling Gum Disease Once it’s Developed
Though gum disease is preventable, it isn’t exactly curable. The infection can remain once it’s gained a foothold on your gingival tissues (gums), but luckily, controlling it is not difficult. In fact, the same tenets of excellent dental hygiene apply, including regular dental checkups and cleanings as often as Dr. Clark recommends. If your gums are severely diseased, then specialized periodontal therapy may be required to halt the disease and repair any damaged tissue before routine dental care can resume.
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