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.