Hygienist / Gum Disease

Your gums, periodontal ligaments, and underlying bones support your teeth and hold them in place. It is important to keep both this foundation and your teeth healthy. Your mouth contains bacteria. Some of the bacteria are good, and some types can be harmful to your teeth. Bacteria contained in plaque are a major cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque and tartar build-up can lead to gum disease.

Practice Good Habits

You should brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day. Make sure to use a toothpaste containing fluoride. Your dentist may recommend special types of toothpaste for you. In some cases, dentists prescribe prescription toothpaste containing larger amounts of fluoride or plaque-fighting ingredients. Your dentist can also recommend a toothbrush and floss that is most appropriate for you.

Good oral health helps to ensure healthy teeth and a lasting smile. Visit your dentist regularly and practice good habits at home.

What happens if gum disease is left untreated?

The answer is simple - the teeth get looser and will eventually fall out. This is because the harmful plaque slowly destroys the supporting bone (irreversibly!) around the roots. Treatment to replace missing teeth is then time consuming, more complex and expensive.

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