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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.
The majority of people want to have a healthy mouth. However, most people have no idea what exists underneath your gum lines. Your teeth are not as small as they appear, you have a lot going on that you cannot see. If you have gum disease in any stage normal oral wellness visits to your dentist will not be enough to get you back to a healthy state. In order to become fully healthy you must start to undergo deep cleanings.
We are regularly asked, "Exactly what does deep teeth cleaning, otherwise known as scaling and planing, include?" Scaling scrapes off tartar and microbial buildup that could be attached beneath the gum line on the roots and within the pockets of gum tissue encompassing the roots of your teeth. Root planing smoothes the roots of rough areas where microorganisms and bacteria are likely to flourish. This technique really helps your gums to regenerate and also allows your gum pockets to shrink. Antimicrobial medicines can additionally be placed beneath the gum line to further help the recuperation process. The deep cleaning program normally requires 2-4 appointments, and involves an anesthetic ("numbing") for treatment.
Like hyertension, diabetes, and countless other health conditions there is no cure for gum disease. This means that you need to undergo deep cleanings on a regular basis, otherwise your mouth will not be helathy. Oftentimes gum disease is "silent", this means that many times people who have don't even know. If you are suffering from gum disease it can attach your roots, gums, teeth, and bone structure. If you allow the tartar on your teeth and under your gums to continue to build up it will cause tooth movement and eventually loss. If not properly managed, mouth bacteria may impact your entire body, not simply the gums and teeth. Once the preliminary disease process is addressed by using the deep cleanings, recurring maintenance cleanings is called for, to prevent additional infection and loss of bone surrounding the teeth. The objective of deep cleanings is really to hinder the active disease process, stabilize the oral health, and maintain improved oral and total health and well-being.