Periodontal Treatment in Frisco, TX
Periodontal diseases are infections found within the gum tissue. Periodontal disease can diminish the support the gums provide to each natural tooth over time. There are many varieties of periodontal disease. Dental plaque is the primary factor in gum disease most often found in genetically susceptible patients. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent most from periodontal decay.
Say “Yes” to Oral Hygiene
After the age of 35, more patients lose teeth due to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from typical cavities. 75% of adults will likely be affected at some point in their life by periodontal disease and decay. Our dentist at Redemption Dental Frisco, Dr. Amy Sojourner-Critz, believes the best method for prevention of both cavities and periodontal disease is proper tooth brushing and flossing performed daily.
Bacterial plaque buildup is the primary cause for both periodontal disease and decay. Plaque is a colorless film that attaches to the tooth at the gum line. Although the formation of plaque in the mouth is normal, daily brushing and flossing can effectively remove the germs from the mouth and help prevent periodontal disease.
What Impacts the Health of Your Gums
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by multiple factors but are mainly caused by bacteria found in dental plaque. This sticky, colorless film constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins that irritate your gums. This may cause your gums to turn red, swell, and maybe bleed easily. If such irritation is prolonged, your gums may separate from your teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in place will deteriorate. If left untreated, tooth loss will ultimately occur.
We Prevent Gum Disease
The best method to prevent gum disease is daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, many patients still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is highly necessary to prevent its progress.