woman at the dentist officeWhether you are aware of it or not, taking care of your smile is a pretty involved process. While you may believe you are doing your part by brushing your teeth regularly, you may also be falling short in your routine by forgetting a few very important steps. Indeed, flossing is essential for gum protection, rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash provides a more detailed clean, and no routine is complete without your in-house checkup and cleaning. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist explores the importance of maintaining excellent gum health, as well as what steps you can take to do so.

Oral Health Is More Involved

From a young age we are taught to brush our teeth with purpose and care. While brushing is the foundation of a healthy smile, it is not enough to stop there. This is because your oral health is affected by more than just your teeth, but your other oral structures and tissues as well. What’s more? It is this system that must be cared for, and our team is ready to provide the information and tools to help.

While infections such as tooth decay are among the most common in the world, that does not mean there aren’t others. As a matter of fact, gum disease and periodontal infections are nearly as common as tooth decay, but primarily target the tissues surrounding your structures. It occurs when oral bacteria nestle into the hard-to-clean areas of the mouth, such as the gum line and in-between teeth.

The bacteria feed off of food particles from items you consume, which cause them to produce destructive acids. Not only can periodontal infection become painful without treatment, it can lead to a host of other issues as well. To learn more about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.

Complications Arising from Neglect

Gum infection and disease not only damages your health, but it can lead to functional complications and tooth loss. For example, bacteria that have made their way beneath the gum line can contribute to plaque buildup. The barrier created between your gum tissues and your teeth can become large enough that it causes the tissues to separate from the structures. What’s more? This can lead to loss of structural stability and even the loss of several teeth. Contact our team to learn more today.

Treatment Options to Consider

In-office treatment options such as scaling and root planing can be beneficial in treating gum infections and restoring your oral health. Additionally, it is important to always remember to floss after meals, as particles that become lodged catalyze the process.

Learn More Today

Contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 to learn more about the need for regular periodontal care and schedule your next appointment with a member of our team today.