Most people think that it’s important to take care of their teeth. And we know that the consequences of not doing so–such as tooth decay–can be unpleasant. But adequately caring for your gums is equally as important. If your gums are neglected, gum disease can easily develop, and your gums, teeth, and other tissues can be irreversibly damaged.
Your gums serve an essential role in your mouth by both supporting and protecting your teeth. Since the roots of teeth don’t have a protective layer of enamel, they are much more susceptible to decay. Gums help keep them healthy.
But the same bacteria that cause tooth decay can also cause an inflammatory infection in the gums. It might seem benign initially, since there is only minor swelling and redness and no pain, but it can lead to serious complications. One of those is that eventually gums start to recede from the teeth, exposing their vulnerable root areas. Eventually other tissues can be damaged and teeth can become loose or even fall out.
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease. Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes every time, and floss every day. Your biannual checkup at Family & Implant Dentistry will provide a deeper cleaning. We can also recommend various treatment options if you do show signs of gum disease.
To learn more about periodontal care and the signs of gum disease, please call our dental office in Manhattan, KS, today.