Continuing education is essential to keep up with the constant changes in general dentistry. The thing is, the basics of oral health remain the same. You need to brush, floss, and visit our dentist office in Port Charlotte, FL, regularly to keep your mouth free from gum disease and other oral health problems.
You may be wondering why we mentioned periodontal disease rather that tooth decay or cavities. Here’s one reason: Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Let that sink in for a minute.
Then, call 941-625-7877 or contact Dietrich Dental Services online to schedule your next dental cleaning and examination.
Preventing Gum Disease
The good news is you can take steps to prevent gum disease, and it’s things that you already know you should be doing.
The bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay already live in your mouth. They multiply daily. You’ll never be able to remove them all, but good oral hygiene will keep them from growing out of control.
First, brush your teeth. You need a soft-bristled toothbrush, a fluoride toothpaste, and two minutes of your time twice a day. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Then scrub your teeth on all side, brush your tongue, and spit out the toothpaste.
Second, clean between your teeth daily. Dental floss, flossers, water flossers, and interdental brushes all can be used for this purpose. Why is this important? Well, your toothbrush can’t clean the spaces between your teeth or between your gums as well as it cleans the surface of your teeth.
You also may be thinking about news reports this summer that questioned the value of flossing. At a minimum, flossing removed small food particles that get stuck between your teeth. If you leave those particles there, you are basically feeding bacteria so it can thrive inside your mouth.
The third preventive step is coming to Dietrich Dental Services a few times each year for dental cleanings.
A member of our team will give you mouth a professional cleaning. This will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that you may have missed. That will reduce your risk of oral health issues.
Contact us if you would like to schedule a cleaning soon. Returning patients are always welcome, and we love meeting new patients as well.
Treating Gum Disease
As part of your routine visits, we will perform an examination of your mouth as well. We will be watching for the symptoms of gum disease.
Unfortunately, this is more common that many people realize.
According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of Americans 30 and older have some form of periodontitis. We hope you are in the half that is free from this advanced form of gum disease.
We also want to identify any problem as soon as possible. Earlier detection leads to less invasive and more effective treatments for our patients in and around Port Charlotte.
We offer non-surgical periodontal treatments at our office. One of the first steps may be a procedure called scaling and root planing.
Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can build on the roots of your teeth. If left untreated, this can harm more of your gum tissue, your teeth, and the bone holding your teeth in place.
You also may receive an antibiotic to reduce your risk of a recurring infection.
Every member of our team wants your mouth to stay healthy. That includes preventing gum disease whenever possible and treating it as soon as we can when needed.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Many signs of gum disease are things that anyone can see. We want you to be aware of them, so you will know what you can do and when you should seek professional periodontal treatment.
Here are the signs to watch for:
▸ Bleeding gums
▸ Red or swollen gums
▸ A lingering bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
▸ Sore, painful gums
▸ Receding gums
▸ Pus leaking between from your gums
▸ Teeth that feel loose in their sockets.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. You may be able to reverse this by brushing and flossing daily. With time the bleeding should stop.
If the bleeding continues or starts to occur at other times, your gingivitis may have progressed to periodontitis. We encourage you to contact Dietrich Dental Services if you notice this or any of the other symptoms on the list above.
Protect Your Gums To Save Your Smile
Schedule a cleaning and examination at our dentist office in Port Charlotte, FL, to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.