Gum Disease Prevention
Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” It is very important to maintain healthy periodontal tissue in order to keep adequate support for your teeth. Bacterial plaque and the body's response to it is the main agent that causes gum disease. Gum disease not only affects the support of your teeth but also can have a negative effect on your overall body health. Studies have shown that gum disease can lead to increased risk of heart disease. Proper home care (brushing and flossing), a well balanced diet, and regular dental exams and cleanings will keep your gums healthy. Smoking as well as other risk factors can also have an adverse effect on your periodontal health. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodontitis) to severe (periodontitis). The type of cleaning you need will depend on how healthy your gums are.
Common problems associated with gum disease:
- “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
- Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
- Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
- Tooth loss or tooth movement
If you have any concerns, please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation.
Michael R. Ellis, DDS serving Bristol, Farmington, Unionville, Burlington and surrounding Connecticut towns in Northwest CT