We always encourage our patients to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen in between dental cleanings. This can involve daily brushing, flossing, using a fluoride toothpaste, and antibacterial mouthwash rinse to keep your teeth and gums healthy. At your six month dental visit, we will scrape away any buildup of tartar (hardened plaque) that accumulates–and which left behind–will eventually cause gum problems.
If however you are a tobacco user, this can actually aggravate gum disease. Tobacco products affect the attachment of bone and gum tissue to your teeth. Because smoking interferes with the functioning of gum tissue cells, smokers can become more vulnerable to infections and weakened blood flow to the gums—which keeps wounds from healing properly.
How can you tell if you are succumbing to gum disease? If you have any signs of the following, you will want to have your gums checked out:
–Swollen and tender gums that bleed while you brush and floss
–Receding gums and loose or separating teeth
–Sores in your mouth or pus between your gums and teeth
–Persistent bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth
Because the end result of advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, is tooth loss this is something you don’t want to ignore once you discover or suspect you may have it. Your dentist can treat the diseased gums surgically and help repair and heal gum tissue.
Please contact Blue Ribbon Dental to see if we can help you with your gum disease issues. We offer flap surgery which can send you on the road to recovery. Please call us today! 301.540.8808.