Periodontal (Gum) Health
Before we talk about periodontal health, we should probably explain what that means. Periodontal means around the tooth. So, that means that periodontal disease is a disease that affects the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. If you have periodontal disease, it can create a host of problems with your teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque that remains on your teeth and has turned into calculus or tartar. When they aren’t removed, they begin to destroy the bones and gums. Regular teeth cleaning at Cunnington Dental can help you avoid this potential problem and ensure you maintain good oral health.
What Are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?
If you have periodontal disease, it can manifest itself in some ways. Bleeding gums is probably the first symptom you may notice. Your gums shouldn’t bleed. Sure, occasionally you may brush a little too hard, and that can cause bleeding, but if your gums bleed on a regular basis it isn’t normal.
Another sign of periodontal disease is loose teeth. If your teeth start to feel loose and you haven’t had an injury that could cause that you have a problem. Loose teeth indicate that the structure holding your teeth in place is failing. You have bone loss. What happens next is that the teeth simply fall out and not after you just bit into an apple or ate a caramel. If your teeth suddenly shift and are spaced, you are also experiencing bone loss.
If you have persistent bad breath and you can’t get rid of it no matter what you try it is an indication that you have bacteria in your mouth. Receding gums around your teeth are an indication of loss of gum around your tooth. If your gums are red or puffy, you also have a problem. Your gums should never show signs of inflammation.
If you experience tenderness in your gums or have any discomfort, you likely have plaque, bacteria, or calculus irritating your gums. Pus around your teeth or gums is a sure sign that you have an infection in your gums.
How Do You Avoid Periodontal Disease?
If you want to avoid periodontal disease, you should first ensure that you have a good maintenance routine. You should brush twice daily with a soft toothbrush and use toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should also visit us twice a year for an exam and cleaning. Regular teeth cleaning performed by your dentist can go a long way to extending the lifespan of your teeth. Your dentist has tools to remove the plaque and tartar that you can’t get to.
You should also make sure you eat a well-balanced diet. Like any other system in your body, good oral health requires vitamins and minerals to keep the processes going. Calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D are essential to good oral health. Your teeth need these vitamins and minerals to stay strong. Lastly, quit smoking. It has a very detrimental effect on your oral health.