Gum disease can cause as many, if not more, problems for your oral wellness than tooth decay can. After all, what weakens your gums automatically affects your teeth, too. At Russo Periodontics, we’re committed to helping you prevent Longboat Key gum disease. Fortunately, with just a bit of effort, it’s not that difficult.
It is dental plaque that is the primary culprit for causing gum disease. It’s a filmy bacterial substance, and the more sugar you eat, the more of it develops. Brushing when you wake up and again before bed, along with flossing before bedtime, too, succeeds in removing most of the plaque that you have. Some tends to escape the reach of your at-home oral hygiene, though, and it then hardens into tartar, which is just as hazardous to your gums. The thing is, tartar cannot be effectively eliminated except with a professional teeth cleaning. So one of the cornerstones of preventing Longboat Key gum disease is to come in twice per year for a complete dental exam and cleaning. In addition to eradicating plaque and tartar, the cleaning also reverses the effects of gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease, and thereby stopping it from progressing. That’s definitely a big deal, because if gum disease reaches the advanced stage of periodontitis, you will experience symptoms that are considerably more alarming than the ones associated with gingivitis, which are redness and irritation. Periodontitis can mean receding gums, bleeding when you brush, persistent bad breath, and eventuality the loss of gum and bone tissue and loose teeth. So you can easily see how paying a visit to our dental office every six months is essential for avoiding the worst consequences of Longboat Key gum disease.
Call us right now and schedule an appointment to come in for a dental exam and teeth cleaning at our office.