Why is gum disease such a serious problem?
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection that develops in the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. It has always been a serious concern because of the damage it can do to your oral health, such as deterioration of your jaw and tooth loss.
Gum disease starts with plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly coats your teeth, both above and below the gum line. The bacteria thrives on the sugars in food, forming acids that can attack your tooth enamel, causing cavities.
These bacteria also create toxins that irritate the gums, and can eventually lead to gum disease. Plaque forms in and around the teeth and below the gum line, and removing it by brushing and flossing twice daily is essential.
In addition, recent studies suggest that a link exists between the presence of chronic diseases of the mouth and potentially life-threatening diseases of the body. These include heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, strokes, and premature or low birth weight babies, to name just a few.
While brushing and flossing at home are necessary to slow down the growth of plaque, professional dental cleanings are necessary to completely remove plaque and the tartar that eventually develops. If you are overdue for a dental cleaning, please contact our office as soon as possible, and we will be happy to make an appointment for you.