The common practice of brushing twice and flossing once daily is a good basis for a healthy oral care regiment, but this basic routine doesn’t protect you from all oral diseases. Oral diseases generally go unnoticed, and failure to treat developing problems might deteriorate the overall health of your mouth.
People who consistently overlook their oral health often fall prey to gum diseases, gingivitis and periodontitis, which tend to damage the overall health of your mouth, potentially introducing infection to your whole body thereafter. We all need to devote constant care and attention to our oral health so as to prevent the development of gum disease.
Regular dental checkups serve to maintain strong, healthy gums and teeth. This allows our dentists and hygienists to perform in-depth cleanings, while examining your oral health. Dental checkups benefit our patients by eliminating diseases before they have a chance to develop, and by providing access to quality oral health care tips. A fresh and disease free mouth looks and feels better, so be sure to visit regularly!
Gingivitis: It is an inflammation of the gums and is the initial stage of gum disease. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque; the soft and sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums. If this is not removed by your daily oral care routine, it produces toxins that can irritate the gum tissue causing gingivitis. The signs and symptoms of this are red, swollen, tender gums that bleed when you brush. Gum disease can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums, where plaque and food debris collect. This can cause bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, even if the disease is not advanced.
Periodontitis: This chronic disease affects the structures in the mouth that support the teeth. With periodontal disease, infection and inflammation spread to the bone supporting the teeth. Ligaments break down and the gums may shrink or recede. Pockets, the space between your tooth and gum, deepen, redness, swelling and bleeding worsen, bacteria multiply and the infection begins to destroy the supporting tissues causing the teeth to begin to feel loose and eventually fall out. There is also evidence that the bacteria that causes periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and other serious conditions.