Preventing Gum Disease

We all want a clean smile.

But your family dentist will tell you there’s more to brushing and flossing than cosmetic appeal! If you don’t take care of your teeth, you’re teeth won’t take care of you. This kind of neglect means you could be facing serious and painful consequences in other areas of your mouth.

Brushing teeth prevents gum disease

Keeping your teeth healthy is an important part of oral hygiene, but don’t let it distract you from the big picture. The human mouth is complex; make sure you devote time to maintaining your gums as well.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can be the result of oral carelessness. The tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth is sensitive. Many people experience bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. However, gum disease is a more extensive problem that results from the unchecked buildup of plaque on your teeth.

If plaque isn’t cleaned off with regular brushing and flossing, it creates a line of tartar just beneath the gum line. At this point, dentists are more qualified to remove the buildup because it has hardened over time. If it’s not eliminated, the gums will become enflamed and swollen. Over time this early form of gingivitis could spread into the deep tissue and bone of the mouth.

Along with regular brushing and flossing, there are a few simple ways to help avoid gum disease. Maintaining a normal level of Vitamin C in your diet can reduce the risk of gum disease because of its antioxidant powers. Stress levels contribute to overall health and wellness vulnerability. During high stress time be sure to devote extra attention to teeth as this will counteract any additional anxiety related plaque buildup.

Taking preventative action is the best way to ensure that gum disease does not affect your mouth. However, your family dentist can advise a more detailed course of action if you feel that gum disease is affecting you. Tooth and gum sensitivity can be painful symptoms. Don’t suffer needlessly.

If you live in the Reynoldsburg or Columbus areas, call today for an appointment and consultation with Dr. Loper. We look forward to hearing from you!


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