The oral hygiene and health of your gums is just as important as the tooth it surrounds. Without healthy gums, your teeth may start to become loose, new spaces between teeth might appear, and you may suffer from red and puffy gums. Here at Singing River Dentistry, our dentists are expertly trained in examining your whole mouth, and treating what we find to improve your tooth and gum health. Maintaining periodontal health is crucial not just for your comfort, but to ensure your teeth remain strong and natural as well.
What is Periodontal Maintenance?
Your teeth cannot stand on their own. The gums and tissues below and around your teeth support your teeth. Periodontal, which means "around the teeth", is the care and maintenance of those gums and tissues that are vital to keeping strong, healthy, and vibrant teeth. Regular periodontal exams, which our dentists perform at every routine oral exam, is one way to maintain your periodontal health.
One important indicator that your periodontal health is declining is bleeding gums. Your gums should never bleed during regular brushing or flossing. If this is a regular occurrence, it could be a sign of a much larger problem such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
Main Causes of Declining Periodontal Health
Plaque is a sticky film left on your teeth made from food, bacteria, and your saliva. If it isn't brushed away every morning and night, it can turn into tartar. Tartar, also known as dental calculus, is a crusty deposit on your teeth. Tartar leads to discolored teeth from the stains it can trap onto the surface of your tooth, it takes only 24 hours for plaque to transform into tartar, which is another reason why brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day is so important. The continual buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
There are three stages of periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums and bones that support your teeth. These stages are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Our dentists want to catch any signs of periodontal disease early on. The best way to do this is to perform a periodontal exam during every oral exam. It usually takes no more than 5 minutes.
Sypmtoms of Periodontal Disease
Some symptoms that your gums are not in their healthiest state and could be on their way to periodontal disease, include discomfort or tenderness. If your gums are red and puffy, you feel that your teeth are loose, or notice pus that appears around the teeth and gums, you should contact our dentists. The most common of these symptoms, however, is bleeding gums. Your gums should not bleed during regular brushing or flossing. Discomfort in your teeth and gums could be a sign of a much bigger problem that needs to be treated.
If you are concerned about the health of your gums and bones that surround your teeth, call our team at Singing River Dentistry at 256 - 562 - 4001 today to schedule your next periodontal exam. Treating and promoting good periodontal care is vital to maintaining a natural and healthy smile.