Posts for: May, 2017
What all does good oral hygiene care include? Visiting your dentist and keeping your teeth clean and healthy, right? Right…but also wrong. Good oral hygiene care actually requires a bit more than just that!
Last week, we discussed what is underneath the gum line, and why it is so important to keep your gums healthy. For this reason, keeping your gums healthy is also included in good oral hygiene practices.
Taking care of your gums includes flossing as recommended by your dentist, lightly brushing your gums, and using mouthwash. If you do not properly do these things, gum disease has a much better chance of developing. Typically, gum disease is relatively “silent,” meaning it does not show many signs or symptoms, and does not cause pain. However, if your gums are bleeding while you brush and floss, this should be a sign that you need to take better care of your gums.
Unfortunately, if you do not take proper care of your gums, and gum disease develops, it can lead to many other health problems, including:
- Bad breath (also known as halitosis)
- Loss of teeth
- Cardiovascular disease
These are just a few of the many problems that can develop. Detecting gum disease early is critical. To see additional warning signs of gum disease, click here.
Do you need a dental exam?
Treat your gums right, or they may start embarrassing you! Check out this video from the American Academy of Periodontology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRMLK_euRXc
Similar to icebergs, your teeth have a lot underneath the surface (of your gums) that we do not see. So, are you doing enough to ensure that these parts of your teeth are remaining healthy?
Unfortunately, taking care of your teeth is not always easy, and if you do not do a good job of it, you may develop gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. If you begin to develop gum disease, it will be harmful to your oral health, and the parts of your teeth, and jaw bone, that lay beneath your gums. Here is what the Cleveland Clinic has to say about gum disease.
There are many individuals who are aware of gum disease, how serious it can be, and what they need to do to prevent it. However, there are also many people who are not as aware. In its early stages, gum disease is usually termed gingivitis, which is identified by having red/puffy gums that will bleed while you brush or floss your teeth. If you notice these symptoms, you should seek treatment. If you do not seek treatment, it will advance into a more serious form of gum disease which will have more of an affect on your oral health, and is not curable.
Gum disease, no matter how far it has advanced, is more than likely a result of plaque, tartar, and bacteria remaining along your gums. When these things build up, and you fail to properly remove them by brushing or flossing, your gums will become irritated and start to recede. When your gums begin to recede, it creates small pockets between your teeth and gums. This area then becomes a space where bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up even more. When this occurs, a deep cleaning is needed to help restore your oral health.
As with any oral health problems, we prefer they never develop. Below, Dr. Florian provides some easy ways to help prevent gum disease from ever forming:
- Brush and floss two times per day
- Use mouthwash to rinse in between your teeth and your gums
- Maintain regular checkups so any problems can be dealt with accordingly
By maintaining your oral wellness visits, you will ensure that your gums and teeth are remaining healthy, and any problems are caught before they can develop too far. Should gingivitis start to develop, your dentist will be able to treat your gingivitis and fully return your gums to health. More advanced gum disease will not be able to be fully healed.
Do you need a dentist?
If you think you have gum disease, or may be developing gingivitis, you should receive treatment. Dr. Florian is located in North Royalton, OH and wants to restore your mouth to a healthy condition, and we are always welcoming new patients. Feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Do your teeth look longer, or are they sensitive? This may be due to a common dental condition known as gum recession.
You will not notice gum recession at once, but it will be something that develops over time and causes some dental health issues. Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease.
When you suffer from receding gums, your root dentin becomes exposed, causing sensitivity and discoloration. Additionally, the pockets created by receding gums gives bacteria and plaque an area where they can collect and wreak havoc in your mouth.
If you notice gum recession, and do not receive treatment, your gum disease is likely to worsen. This can cause tooth loss, loss of jaw bone, and many other health issues.
What causes gum recession?
- As stated above, receding gums are a symptom of gum disease. The infection in your gums will damage the tissue.
- Another cause of gum recession is bad dental hygiene habits. Using a toothbrush that is too tough or brushing too aggressively can physically wear your gums away. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you do not brush thoroughly, the plaque and tartar build up will cause gum disease. Read here, about proper brushing.
- Piercings can not only cause your enamel to wear away, but also damage your gums. This is due to a rubbing that irritates your gums.
Other causes of gum recession are things like bruxism or teeth that are not aligned properly. Any condition that leads to gum disease can also be attributed to gum recession as well.
There is good news, however. Gum recession is able to be treated. Treatment will be dependent on your individual case. Many cases can be treated via a deep cleaning. However, in severe cases, you may require the attention of a periodontist.
Remember: If you want to prevent gum disease and recession, proper oral hygiene habits are critical.
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