Periodontal Maintenance services in sammamish

Periodontal disease is the constant infection of the gums, which gradually destroy the supporting bone around your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease but good hygiene habits that include daily brushing and flossing can prevent most periodontal disease.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth due to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Periodontal disease and cavities are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth after eating. Plaque will constantly form on your teeth but by thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove this bacteria before it is able to cause damage.

If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar) which thus irritates your gums and teeth and begins causing damage.

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Disease

The bacteria found in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged and constant, the gums will begin to swell and creates a deeper space for plaque to get caught in. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate and if left untreated, will lead to teeth getting loose and may potentially need to be removed.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease due to tight crevices that are almost impossible to keep clean on your own. Once this disease starts, professional intervention, like our Sammamish periodontal maintenance and gingivitis prevention services, is necessary to prevent its progress.