Healthy Teeth with Routine Dental Care
Your teeth are not an isolated part of your smile, and the health of your whole mouth will often affect the health of your teeth. One of the most dangerous oral health problems that can cause you to lose teeth is gum disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is quite simply caused by accumulated plaque. Plaque is a film made up mostly of harmful bacteria. If it is not cleaned off frequently, it will harden and begin to eat away at your smile. In time, this hardened plaque will infect and inflame your gums, causing gum disease.
Gum disease can be treated once it has developed, but the best line of defense against gum disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. At Rush Creek Dentistry, we do everything we can to help our patients near Arlington avoid gum disease. You may be wondering, “How can a dentist help me prevent gum disease?” Some of the things we might suggest to patients include the following:
- Brush twice daily and floss thoroughly every day
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse twice a day
- Visit a dentist every 6 months
These things are all essential to keeping plaque from building up and hardening on your teeth and reaching under your gums. If your preventative care fails in fighting off gum disease, it is incredibly important to notice the signs and seek treatment right away. Neglecting to treat gum disease immediately will leave it to progress into the worst stages, which means that bacteria will cause the deterioration of the bones that hold your teeth in place. As a result, your teeth will eventually fall out because they no longer have the support they need from your gums and bones. Make an appointment with our office by calling (682) 323-3299 if you notice any of these common symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen, sensitive gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Receding gum line and sensitive teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth