Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body!
The key to oral health is largely oral hygiene. Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by the accumulation and development of a bio-film between the gums and teeth known as dental bacterial plaque. If removed daily by effective brushing and flossing, the gum tissues will stay pink, inflammation-free and healthy. Daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste will also strengthen teeth against decay.
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Warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease include swelling, redness, bleeding and sensitivity of the gum tissues. Gingivitis is especially common during the second to eight months of pregnancy.
What Causes Dental Disease & Emergencies?
While the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease is poor oral hygiene, other factors such as diet, smoking, vitamin deficiency, genetics, and exposure to toxic substances, can also contribute to dental disease. Untreated, dental disease can lead to gum disease, dental abscesses, tooth decay, tooth loss, bad breath, unsightly teeth, root canals, allergies, pain and discomfort.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
The damaging effects of dental disease are not limited to the teeth and gums. We now know that gum disease can contribute to and increase the risk and severity of:
- heart attacks
- low preterm birth weights
- respiratory disease
- digestive disorders
A dental examination at least twice a year keeps you in good oral health! If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, give us a call today. Our hygienists can establish a gum disease therapy program to restore your oral health with the aid of Perio Protect®, a minimally invasive, yet effective solution to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease.