Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps remove sugar residue, plaque buildup, and stray food particles from the face and contours of your teeth. However, even the most effective toothbrush and brushing technique still cannot effectively clear bacterial deposits from between teeth and the gumline.
To address these areas the American Dental Association recommends that you floss your teeth at least once each day to remove bacterial deposits before they can harden into tartar and promote gum disease.
Gums appear inflamed, or bleed easily when brushing, is often an early sign of periodontal inflammation. If you are experiencing symptoms such as this you should schedule an appointment with a professional dentist like Dr. Ronald Flachs.
With early diagnosis he might be able to treat the gum inflammation of gingivitis before it worsens into the more serious form of gum disease which is known as periodontitis.
Left unchecked this chronic periodontal health condition could cause an infection to develop around the roots of multiple teeth. This could eventually lead to significant problems with tooth loss and decreased oral structure.
The systemic inflammation related to chronic periodontitis can also influence other medical conditions including diabetes and your chances of suffering from a cardiovascular condition.
If you are in the Portage, Michigan area and you have concerns about the general health of your gums, you should call 269-375-0800 to schedule an appointment at Oak Park Dentistry’s dental offices.