Gum Disease Gingivitis
Why are healthy gums so important?
Most people think that if they take good care of their teeth, they'll keep them for a lifetime. That's only partially true-good gum care is just as important!
The fact is, the leading cause of tooth loss isn't cavities, it's gum disease. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, and if left untreated, it can lead to the more serious condition periodontites. the result of periodontitis can be tooth loss.
To keep your smile-not to mention the ability to bite and chew-it's essential to keep your gums healthy.
Are my gums healthy?
At Bailey Family Dental, we will check your gums during your visit. Here are some warning signs you may notice that might indicate your gums need extra care:
- Tenderness or sensitivity, especially when brushing or flossing
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing
What keeps gums from staying healthy?
Your gums may become sensitive when plaque builds up on your teeth along the gumline. Plaque is the colorless film that constantly covers your teeth. It is produced naturally from your saliva. The bacteria flourish in the plaque and release toxins which can irritate gums. When the plaque accumulates, your gums probably need extra care.
Plaque bacteria can attack your gums, releasing toxins that irritate and inflame soft tissue.
How do I get my gums healthier?
Healthy gums start at home, so pay attention to the signs that your gums may need extra care. Schedule a dental exam every six months-we will clean your teeth and gently remove the accumulated plaque, along with providing you further information and instruction on avoiding plaque build-up and keeping your gums healthy.