The Importance of Healthy Gums

Periodontal diseases are gum infections, which slowly damage the structure of natural teeth. Different approaches to treatment are required for different variations of this disease. Primarily, dental plaque causes gum disease in people who are genetically predisposed to this condition. Flossing and brushing on a daily basis, along with twice yearly dental cleanings, will stop most periodontal occurrences.

Periodontal Disease in Focus

Bacteria present in plaque generates poisons or toxins that aggravate the gums. This might cause the gums to redden, become swollen and bleed often. If this problem is not addressed, the gums and teeth become separated, which causes spaces (pockets) to develop. When periodontal diseases advance, the supporting bone and gum tissue – which holds the teeth in position – deteriorates. Without treatment, this causes tooth loss.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Periodontal diseases (i.e. gum diseases) are responsible for more tooth loss in adults over the age of thirty-five than cavities. Seventy-five percent of adults experience problems with gum disease at some point in their lives. Gum disease is thought to increase the risk of heart disease in many sufferers. The most effective way of preventing periodontal disease and cavities is to perform good flossing and tooth brushing techniques each day.

If you encounter any of the symptoms listed below, please contact our practice at 614-885-8785 to arrange a periodontal maintenance assessment.

  • Swollen, tender or red gums, or other pains inside your mouth
  • Bleeding when chewing hard food, or during flossing or brushing (healthy gums shouldn’t bleed)
  • Gums which are receding or separating from the teeth, causing the teeth to appear longer than they used to
  • Teeth that are becoming loose
  • Pus in between teeth and gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Changes to how your teeth contact each other when biting
  • Changes to how your partial dentures fit you