Gum disease can ravage your oral health. When left untreated, it can manifest into a progressive oral condition that destroys soft and hard oral tissues. As the number one cause of tooth loss among adults, gum disease requires professional treatment and constant maintenance to slow down its effects on the oral health system. After receiving treatment for gum disease, patients should commit to keeping regularly scheduled dental
appointments and practicing thorough oral hygiene at home.
The Dangers of Unmanaged Gum Disease
Unmanaged gum (periodontal) disease is incredibly dangerous to your oral health and general wellbeing. Without treatment and maintenance with professional cleanings and home care, periodontal disease will destroy the supportive bond between teeth and gums and the roots of teeth and bone. The effects of tooth loss are devastating. Patients with missing teeth will endure daily difficulties with self-esteem and oral function along with long-term oral health issues. Moreover, the infection associated with gum disease is systemic and capable of entering the bloodstream where it may contribute to complications with the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and immune systems.
Cleanings and Checkups After Gum Disease
After being diagnosed and treated for gum disease, it is important to keep bi-annual cleanings and checkups. Cleanings will help keep the irritants that contribute to periodontal disease away from above and below the gum line while checkups will help ensure that the gums appear healthy. Regular appointments also mean that the reemergence of periodontal disease can be detected as early as possible.
Oral Hygiene and Gum Health
In addition to receiving regular cleanings and checkups, practicing good oral hygiene is very important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Daily flossing will help prevent the accumulation of tartar by disrupting colonies of bacteria from forming along the gums and removing debris stuck between teeth. Twice daily brushing keeps plaque buildup under control and removes a large portion of the day’s debris from food.
We provide thorough and effective oral care for gum disease and tooth decay. To schedule a dental checkup with our dentist, call our office at your convenience.