Understanding Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Making sure your gums are healthy is very important.
Our office will work with you to prevent and treat if necessary periodontal diseases. Preventative care can help you maintain the healthy smile you love. Receding gums are a common problem. It is recommended that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, including brushing and flossing in addition to eating healthy foods in order to prevent gum recession. Gum recession creates ‘gaps’ and ‘pockets’ that form near the gum line. Without intervention, bacteria grow in these areas and tissue and bone deteriorate until the tooth is lost.
Preventative Quick Tips:
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Make small, circular movements as if you were brushing each tooth one at a time.
- Brush front, back and tops of teeth with toothbrush.
- Make sure bristles of toothbrush enter all crevices between teeth.
- Floss two times daily!
- Brush for two to three minutes every day before breakfast and after dinner.
- Replace toothbrush every three months.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
Puros dermis allows the Doctor to graft tissues to your gums without grafting tissue from another part of your mouth. This breakthrough procedure regenerates receding gum lines to recreate your beautiful smile. Having healthier gums keeps your teeth straight and strong. Feel free to ask us for more information on your next visit!
Advantages of grafting:
- Puros dermis is very safe and widely used.
- Allows regrowth of healthy gum tissue.
- Healthy gum tissue helps protect your teeth from disease and sensitivity.
- Exposed roots are vulnerable to decay.