Did you know that if you’re over the age of 35 you’re more likely to lose a tooth to gum disease than you are from a cavity? Gum disease starts with bacteria that sticks to your teeth in the form of plaque. If the teeth aren’t cleaned regularly and thoroughly, plaque will harden into a rougher substance called calculus (or tartar). Combining your day to day home-care and with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, we can keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Even with the most immaculate home-care, plaque can still find its way onto your teeth. The bacteria present in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums, which can cause them to turn red, swell and bleed. If this irritation continues, the gums can loosen around the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place will weaken. If left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss.
Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing along with your regular professional examinations and cleanings. But in the event you have some active gum disease, we’ll get you cleaned up and back to looking and feeling your best. After that, we’ll partner with you to come up with a maintenance plan that fits you.