Here is the second article of the gum disease series that I promised. Now that people are aware of what is gum disease, what can you do when you do have it? Read on and feel free to contact me at anytime.
So healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place. Gum disease occurs when plaque by-products lead to the destruction of the tissues that anchor teeth in the bone. As the disease progresses, pockets form, which allow more plaque to collect below the gum line. Tooth roots are exposed and may become at risk for decay and sensitive to cold and touch.
What can I do, patients asked.
- Brush your teeth well twice a day. Floss or use another between-the-tooth cleaner once a day. Consider also using an anti-microbial (germ fighting) mouth rinse every day.
- Choose dental products with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This is an important symbol of a dental product’s safety and effectiveness The ADA Seal tells you that the product is not only safe, it also does what it claims to do.
- Schedule regular dental checkups. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps plaque bacteria along or below the gum line.
- Tell Dr. Andrew Huang about changes in your overall health, particularly any recent illnesses or ongoing conditions. Provide an updated health history including medication use – both prescription and non-prescription products. If you use tobacco, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.
- If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, pay close attention to your teeth and gums. That’s because pregnancy—and the changing hormone levels that occur with it—can increase some dental problems. Taking good care of your oral health is important for you and your baby.