When we take care of our smile each day at home, we help protect the teeth from issues like decay or even infections or abscesses. However, your teeth are not the only parts of your smile at risk. Over time, your gums could develop inflammation that leads to gum disease, and in some cases, adult tooth loss. Fortunately, your Redmond, OR, dentist has a few tips to help keep periodontal disease away.
The Causes of Periodontal Disease
How does a smile develop such a harmful disease? The problem usually starts with inflammation. Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, could cause the tissues to swell, appear red, or feel sensitive. Bleeding when brushing and flossing is also common. The factors behind inflammation vary, and often include smoking or using other tobacco products, a family history of poor oral health, the use of certain medications, or inflammatory illnesses. However, the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. A diet high in sugar and starch, combined with poor brushing and flossing, could allow plaque to accumulate on the teeth, irritating gum tissues and causing them to become inflamed! Over time, this means the tissues pull away from the teeth and form exposed pockets for bacteria to enter, causing the disease.
Daily Oral Hygiene Habits
To help protect your smile, you need to take steps to remove food particles that bacteria break down, limiting the severity of plaque buildup. Each morning and evening, make time to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, and then floss each evening before bed. You should floss up and down each side of every tooth and dip below the gum line to reach and remove all trapped bits of food. Try to enjoy a healthier diet too, as this deprives harmful bacteria of a meal. Fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses, nuts, and yogurts all make healthy snack choices. Be sure you drink more water too!
When to Seek Emergency Treatment
At the moment, we’re only offering emergency visits, so if you experience persistent pain in your smile, or if a tooth is damaged, then please let us know as soon as possible. If when restrictions lift you still experience discomfort or bleeding in your smile, then contact our team. A deep cleaning can remove all plaque and tartar from your smile, and routine cleanings every few months afterward can help protect the smile, while also offering fresh breath and brighter teeth.
Do You Have Questions About Your Gum Health?
Our team can’t wait to see you again and continue working with you to ensure you enjoy a healthy and attractive smile. To learn more about protecting the health of your gums and teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.