Most people know that flossing should be a part of their daily dental hygiene routines, because it can help remove bacteria that brushing can leave behind. Yet many people fail to floss regularly. In fact, almost 30 percent of people involved in a 2012 study admitted they never floss their teeth! This staggering fact helps to shed light on the sad statistic that nearly 75 percent of Americans are currently struggling with gum disease, either in its earliest stage or in more progressed stages. Gum disease can cause inflammation and bleeding gums, but it can also threaten the teeth because it causes the tissue to loosen from the teeth. That is why gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. If you want to preserve your smile’s health and beauty, it is important to take care of your gums as well as your teeth, and one easy way to do so is by flossing everyday!
Dealing with Gum Disease and Preventing Other Problems
While periodontal therapy can often help reverse the symptoms of gum disease, once it has developed it can become a lifelong struggle trying to keep the gums in good health. If you suspect you could have gum disease, due to symptoms like irritated, inflamed or easily bleeding gums, it is important to schedule a dental visit as soon as possible. A dentist can help restore your oral health through a dental cleaning, and possibly periodontal therapy. Just as importantly, your preventive dentist can help teach you how to preserve your gums’ health, moving forward. Proper flossing technique, and a commitment to do so daily, smart dietary choices and regular dental care can all help contribute to a healthy smile.
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!