Anyone who has visited the dentist has probably heard a dental health professional stress the importance of brushing and flossing. Most of us are pretty good at remembering the former, but for some reason, most people ignore the latter, or consider it too much of a chore to do consistently. Considering the oral health benefits a person reaps after making flossing a habit, we should all be much more enthusiastic about incorporating it into our dental hygiene routine! The most serious health risk you could avoid by flossing regularly is periodontal disease (informally called gum disease). Advanced periodontal disease can cause receding gums, tooth loss, and bone loss, as well as aggravate a number of existing medical conditions.
How Does Gum Disease Happen?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that occurs when sticky plaque hardens into tartar under the gum line, inflaming sensitive oral tissues. Warning signs include red, swollen, or tender gums, gums that have pulled away from teeth, persistent bad breath, or permanent teeth that become loose. If you suffer from gum disease, you may also see some bleeding of the gums after brushing and/or flossing.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Floss! That simple addition to your home care routine, along with regular brushing and visits to your dentist’s office for cleanings and checkups, could greatly reduce your chance of developing gum disease. If you do develop gum disease, there are many modern, conservative therapies available today. Considering the advances in treatment options, such as laser periodontal therapy, and the fact that gum disease certainly won’t get better on its own, visit Dr. Fitzgerald’s dental office if you have any reason for concern.
Dr. Lee Fitzgerald is a cosmetic and implant dentist with many years of experience serving patients from Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and beyond . In addition to cosmetic services, he specializes in dental implants, implant-supported dentures, mini dental implants, and more. Call today to schedule your appointment.