Since your dental health is linked to the rest of your body, issues such as periodontal disease contribute to varying systemic problems. This makes it especially important that the gums receive the care they need to remain healthy and strong throughout an individual’s lifetime. Here’s why it’s important to take care of your gums and the benefits it has on the smile.
Gum Health and Your Smile
Periodontal disease causes teeth to loosen, gums to swell and bleed, and the entire dental system to weaken. If left unaddressed, this will eventually lead to gum recession and tooth loss. Gums that have receded will not grow back. Receiving periodontal care as soon as gingivitis is present prevents accelerated disease progression, helping you keep your natural teeth well into your senior years.
Additionally, gum disease may contribute to the development of the following systemic issues:
- Heart Disease
- Type II Diabetes
- Alzheimer’s Disease
When gingivitis has gotten out of hand, scaling and root planing provides an excellent option for addressing buildup below the gum line. This procedure removes tartar using manual or ultrasonic tools, leaving the surface of the tooth smooth while eliminating areas where plaque may be especially inclined to stick to teeth.
Keeping teeth free from tartar buildup helps prevent periodontal disease and allow the gums to reattach. Routine cleanings and regular maintenance prevent buildup from occurring in the first place.
At-Home Care for Gum Health
Brushing twice a day manages plaque before it can turn to tartar. If plaque remains on teeth for more than 24 hours, there’s a greater chance plaque will harden to tartar, a calcified material only able to be removed with advanced dental tools.
Flossing is essential in maintaining optimal gum health. Food particles and bacteria get stuck between teeth and make it difficult for a normal toothbrush to reach. Dental floss gets in between these areas and removes this buildup, allowing the gums to remain healthy and clean. Following a regular flossing routine also prevents issues like decay and bad breath.
Find out more about maintaining optimal gum health by calling Rotterdam Dental Arts. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Selma Yucedal to determine your periodontal care needs and ensure good-standing dental and overall health.