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How You Can Be Nice To Your Gums

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry
How You Can Be Nice To Your GumsWe don't give our gums the attention and care they need. Yeah, they appear pink and wimpy, however, don't get fooled – they do the job of protecting the roots of teeth despite their appearance. Although gums are tough, they do require proper care. Prevention is crucial to keep the gums healthy. You need to keep up with your brushing and flossing. Also, don't skip the twice-a-year appointment for cleanings and examination with our dentist. You ignore this advice and you end up with gum disease.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease involves infection of your gums, which could contribute to tooth loss. Gum disease is almost wholly preventable. This disease begins with the formation of dental plaque – the sticky white biofilm you see on your teeth. This film is constantly forming and it contains lots of bacteria. The good thing is that plaque is easy to remove. Just do your daily brushing and flossing as required. In fact, having good at-home dental hygiene of brushing two times and flossing at least one time is just enough to allow you to never deal with gum disease.

It Starts With Gingivitis and Then Comes Periodontitis

Periodontitis is not like some other disease. It doesn't occur in just one day. You will have plenty of warnings coming your way. Presence of bacteria in plaque releases toxins that cause irritation to the gums. Once the gums are irritated, they become red and start bleeding easily. Additionally, the tartar forming below the gum line causes more gum irritation. When this happens, you have gingivitis. It's easy to reverse gingivitis. Just consider a professional cleaning and proper at-home oral hygiene.

If gum irritation worsens, you are in for more advanced gum disease. It will become periodontitis, where the gums start pulling away from the areas they are attached to teeth. As a result, you get gum pockets that hold more bacteria from the plaque. Over time, the bacteria attack the tooth roots causing tooth loss and deterioration of the jawbone. To prevent all these problems, make a trip to our dental office. Our prosthodontics team will perform gum planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar and offer antibiotics to ward off any infection that may have taken hold.

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