Many people spend a lot of time worrying about developing cavities, because they are so incredibly common and they can cause noticeable sensitivity or discomfort. Yet few people consider that their gums’ health is just as important to maintaining a healthy, much less beautiful, smile. Sadly, this is why as many as 50 percent of American adults are likely already struggling with periodontitis, or gum disease as it is commonly called. This condition can be responsible for causing sensitivity and irritation in the gum tissue, which can cause visible inflammation, discoloration, and even frequent bleeding, particularly while flossing. Gingivitis can also be the culprit behind chronic bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, as well, making it a serious issue. Clearly, preventing gum disease is essential to maintaining a healthy smile as you age. Fortunately, it is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few key steps you should be taking to protect your gum tissue!
Is Daily Flossing Really That Important?
Most dentists recommend that their patients brush their teeth two to three times a day, and floss at least once a day. Yet many people seem to ignore, or at least neglect, the second part of that advice.
Failure to floss is one of the leading causes of plaque buildup, which is then responsible for both the acidic erosion responsible for causing cavities, but also the development of dental cavities. When food and bacteria remain stuck between teeth, where brush bristles can’t reach, tartar buildup develops. To remove this calcified plaque, a professional cleaning is necessary. (This is why regular checkups and cleanings are essential to good oral health.) To prevent plaque development in the first place, though, it is best to heed your dentist’s advice, and simply floss once every day.
About Your Spring, TX Dental Experts:
At Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!