Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal disease is a disease that slowly destroys the support of the teeth. Bacteria can irritate the gums causing them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. This can then lead to the gums separating from the teeth and forming pockets. The tissue and bone that hold the teeth deteriorate and tooth loss becomes inevitable. The best prevention of any oral disease and cavities is daily and thorough brushing and flossing. Regular cleanings by your dentist are also recommended to remove tartar that can lead to periodontal disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

The first line of defense against gum disease is daily brushing and flossing. Plaque, a clear sticky film, forms on our teeth constantly but brushing removes those germs. Even the most diligent person can have some plaque make it past the brushing. If left, plaque hardens into tartar or calculus. Regular dental exams and cleanings at the dentist are your next line of defense. With special tools the staff at South Shore Dentistry can remove the tartar that was missed at home. Regular brushing can sometimes fall short allowing gum disease to start to develop and professional intervention needs to be taken to prevent any further progress.

The below conditions can also affect one’s gum health:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition