Most people have heard the terms gum disease and periodontal disease. Essentially, these are two ways to describe infection in the gums. The condition affects gum tissue surrounding the teeth, and can eventually move into areas below the gum line to affect bone tissue. An infectious process, gum disease has the same basic preventive measures as other infections. Maintaining a clean mouth and a strong immune system are important steps in the prevention of disease. The first recommendation, however, may be more difficult than it sounds.
Taking care of our teeth and gums is something we have done since childhood. You would think that, in all of this time, we would have expert hygiene skills. Why, then, do so many people suffer the symptoms of gum disease? Protecting oral health also depends on one’s ability to recognize the early signs of gum disease, something that cannot really be done without the help of a dentist. Here, we will discuss a few ways to increase your protection against gum disease
with help from your dentist near Acworth
Our mouths naturally contain bacteria, which mix with tiny food particles and saliva, forming plaque, a sticky biofilm. Plaque adheres to the surfaces of teeth, collecting in the crevices where teeth meet the gums. As plaque provides a safe haven for bacteria, the removal of this substance is of primary importance. The effectiveness of brushing and flossing is just as important as the frequency of these practices.
- Brush every surface of each tooth, all the way down to the gum line, using gentle, thorough motion.
- Floss every day. The areas not reached with a toothbrush account for one-third of the surface of a tooth!
- Use special tools if necessary, such as an oral irrigator or floss threader. These tools can help clean difficult areas such as around braces or under bridges.
- Brushing does not have to be limited to twice a day. If you can, brush after every meal. If not, rinsing the mouth or chewing sugar-free gum aids in the elimination of bacteria.
- Talk with your dentist about brushing tools and techniques. Some people benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
Dental care is an important part of oral health
Plaque has no color. If it did, we would have little problem ensuring we remove all plaque when we brush and floss. Because plaque is virtually invisible to the naked eye, there is no way of immediately detecting the effectiveness of oral hygiene. Though you may diligently care for your teeth and gums daily, it is possible that bacteria are still forming colonies in plaque around the teeth.
When you visit Thirty-two Dental in Kennesaw, your hygienist will remove any plaque that has been lingering on teeth, as well as any tartar that has developed. Your dental care provider can address areas that may need more attention, and demonstrate ways in which oral hygiene can be improved for sustained health.
We are here to help you love your smile. Contact Thirty-two Dental for your check-up and cleaning.