Most patients focus on the health and appearance of their teeth when it comes to their dental health and oral hygiene. But the health and stability of the gums are just as important and should be monitored through routine dental care.
Dr. Desbordes and our dental care team will work with you to ensure that your gums remain healthy or to provide appropriate treatment if gum disease develops. Avoiding the dentist can often lead to advanced gum disease- if you have been away from the dentist for some time and would like to restore a healthy smile we welcome you to visit with us.
How Do I Care For My Gums?
One of the most important means of keeping the gums free of infection is to brush AND floss daily. Flossing can get those small particles of food and also helps prevent bacteria from developing between the teeth. It is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as harder bristles can actually damage the gums over time.
Antibacterial rinses can also protect the gums as an added means of rinsing bacteria off oral structures and out of the mouth. We may recommend the daily use of an antibacterial rinse if gingivitis is developing.
Regular visits to the dentist will also support gum health. When you visit with us, Dr. Desbordes is able to screen for the early signs of gum disease and provide prompt treatment. We also take time with you to get to know you and understand any unique risk factors you may have for gum disease or other common dental health concerns. Certain lifestyle habits, medical conditions, and medications can impact the health of the gums. In these situations, we can provide personalized care and oral hygiene advice to manage your gum health and avoid complex problems.
Does Gum Disease Cause Tooth Loss?
Gum disease, or more precisely advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontitis can become a serious oral health concern with the ability to impact your overall health and well being.
Advanced gum disease or periodontitis leads to deep pockets that develop around tooth roots as the gum tissue is infected and compromised. This destabilizes the teeth and can lead to tooth loss if not treated.
Dr. Desbordes offers periodontal therapy for gum disease and works with you to manage chronic concerns so that you can avoid periodontitis.