Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition affecting the gums and underlying bone. Often silent until it advances into later stages, gum disease can cause tooth loss or heart and lung diseases down the line. Learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it with our tips.
How does Periodontal Disease occur?
Bacteria within your mouth feed on sugars or food content to create plaque, a sticky substance that coats your teeth and gum-line. Over time, plaque can cause infection in your gums, creating pockets that make your gums recede. If left untreated, the infection can spread further, eating away at the underlying bone and threatening the stability of your teeth.
Importance of Oral Hygiene
Cleaning plaque from your teeth can slow down the progression of gum disease as well as help your mouth to recover. Regular dental visits as recommended can remove much of the plaque that your home care can’t reach. Over time, this can lead to your gums fighting off the infection and becoming healthy once again.
Other Prevention Methods
In addition to maintaining optimal oral hygiene, there are a few goals you can set to further prevent gum disease. If you use tobacco products, try to limit your intake, as they are harmful to your gum health. In addition, stay hydrated. This helps maintain your saliva production, which can ward off decay and plaque growth. If you are dealing with gum disease currently, ask your physician if boosting your vitamin C intake can help. Your body can use it to help restore your gums over time.
Gum disease can be harmful to both your oral and overall health, but is treatable if caught early. Make sure to follow a schedule of regular cleanings to remove plaque and ensure your gums are not inflamed or infected. Contact us to schedule your next cleaning or for a consultation on your gum health.