Dental Health

Periodontal Maintenance

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good, daily tooth brushing, flossing techniques, and regular dental cleaning appointments with the hygienist. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. Through daily brushing and flossing you can limit germs and help prevent periodontal disease. For complete treatment of the disease and removal of the bacteria you must have regular dental cleanings.

“People with periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease….”
-American Academy of Periodontology

Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss. It is very crucial to keep the schedule that the dentist places you on to prevent further development of the disease. If the schedule is not kept the result will be bone and tooth loss. Ultimately the disease affects the entire system even contributing to heart disease by the continual spread of bacteria.

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