Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why Is Oral Hygiene So Important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques performed daily.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing, you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional examinations and teeth cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Other Factors to Consider
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Our Soft Tissue Management Program
Seventy percent of adults suffer from gum disease, and some might not even know it, as its early stages tend to be painless.
A periodontal pocket is where inflammation and infection are present. Periodontal infection, a fancy term for gum disease, can lead to:
- Bad breath
- Bad smell/taste
- Tender gums
- Tooth loss
Gum disease is also linked to heart attacks, strokes, and diabetic complications. Later stages of the disease involve bone loss.
Soft Tissue Management is an individualized plan designed to eliminate infection of the gums and root surfaces. Your hygienist will choose an appropriate program to address your specific case’s problems.
We will perform the treatments to help eliminate infection, make recommendations to help you more effectively clean your teeth daily, and guide you through our efforts to achieve and maintain oral health. This is what we call: Soft Tissue Management.