If you want a beautiful and healthy smile, then you probably already know you need to be taking great care of your teeth. But what about your gum tissue? Many people overlook the gums, since they are not as noticeable as the teeth. This is unfortunate, though, considering that the gums are what hold the teeth in place. If you want to maintain a lovely smile as you age, it’s important to understand the role your gums play, and what you and your general dentist can do to keep them healthy!
What Are Periodontal Cleanings?
Periodontal cleanings allow a dentist to remove harmful bacteria that has settled beneath the roots of your teeth. These procedures are called scaling and root planning. Modern dentistry allows dentists to perform these procedures using ultrasonic or laser technology, which can improve the effectiveness and the comfort of the treatments.
If you think you might have gingivitis, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Early detection could help restore your health, and save your teeth!
Without treatment, gum disease will worsen. Over time, the gums will become unable to firmly hold the teeth in place, which is why gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
Prevention Is Key
As with many dental issues, prevention is the best approach to combatting gum disease. You can prevent the development of gum disease by maintaining an excellent dental hygiene routine, including twice daily brushing and daily flossing. Regular dental appointments are equally important, though, to remove tartar buildup on the teeth and along the gumline.
Since dry mouth can contribute to oral health issues, talk to your dentist if you have been experiencing chronic dry mouth (possibly due to a mediation you are taking). Treatment may be able to keep your mouth hydrated, which can help limit the buildup of plaque bacteria.
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!