Many people think that brushing twice a day is enough to keep their teeth and gums healthy, but those who skip flossing are only cleaning about seventy percent of their teeth. Flossing will help clear out the built up plaque and food particles that hides in between your teeth and gums. Without flossing you increase your risk of developing gum disease. Dr. Ryan Rupert and his team at Robinson Township Smiles specialize in the prevention and treatment of gum disease so their patients can maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.
What is Gum Disease?
When plaque isn’t removed properly, it can spread underneath the gum line, pushing the gums away from your teeth. If caught early, it can be reversed and there won’t be much irreparable damage. Yet, gum disease that isn’t treated right away can become periodontal disease. Once you have developed periodontal disease, the bacteria will start to cause the gums to recede and deplete the bone holding in your teeth. It is important that if you experience the symptoms of gum disease you see your dentist immediately to avoid permanent damage and tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing on a daily basis. When you brush and floss correctly you are able to remove most of the plaque and bacteria in your mouth so they won’t have time to impair your oral health. It is also important to drink plenty of water to help rinse food particles and bacteria out of your mouth.
You also need to see a dentist if you are experiencing bleeding, tender, or inflamed gums. Though bleeding may not be caused by gum disease, if it lasts longer than a week it can be a good clue that something is wrong. With regular cleanings and checkups, your dentist can keep plaque and tartar from building up so your gums can reattach to your teeth. Unfortunately, bone loss and receding gums cannot be repaired, but the treatment of gum disease can help keep it from causing further damage.
Your Oral Health
Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are key to maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing gum disease. If you live in the Coraopolis, PA area and have questions about gum disease, please contact our office for more information.