Periodontal treatment is necessary if the health of your gums and the jaw bone that hold your teeth are compromised. To keep your teeth for your lifetime depends directly on proper periodontal maintenance and care. Healthy gums are like a frame around a beautiful painting that enhances the appearance of your teeth. When gums recede, are red, bleeding, or swollen then they have become unhealthy. Drs. Larry and Gary Kennedy care genuinely for you and do not want you to compromise your periodontal health.

What is Gingivitis?

The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Its symptoms include receding, red, swollen, and bleeding gums. The primary cause of gingivitis is dental plaque. Plaque is a sticky colorless film, mainly composed of food particles and different types of bacteria that adhere to your teeth on and below the gum line. Plaque forms on your teeth regularly, even minutes after cleaning. Plaque bacteria produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gum. When the plague is not removed with proper dental hygiene then the gums separate from the teeth and form pockets. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar). This can happen above the gum line and below it.

What is Periodontitis?

When gingivitis is left untreated, then periodontal disease increases to the next level known as periodontitis. Periodontal disease is a gum infection, which gradually destroys your natural teeth’s support system. When this infection continues, the gums separate from the teeth and form pockets (spaces). Eventually, the gum tissue and bone supporting and holding the teeth in place deteriorate as a result of the bacterial infection surrounding the tooth. The gradual loss of this bone, the alveolar, can lead to loosening and loss of teeth afterward. Periodontitis is dangerous because it is often painless and asymptomatic. Eighty percent of Americans will suffer from periodontal disease by age 45, and 4 out of 5 patients with periodontal disease do not know they have it. It is essential to maintain proper oral care at home and regularly visit Kennedy Dental for check-ups to reduce the risk of this disease.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over 35 years of age lose more teeth from gum disease than from cavities. At some point in their lives, three out of four adults are affected. Good tooth brushing and flossing techniques are critical to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. Additionally, consistent visits with one of our dental hygienists for a thorough cleaning and exam is essential. Our dental hygienist uses instruments that can remove the bacterial plaque from places that are difficult for a toothbrush or dental floss to reach.

What is the best way to prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional examinations and cleaning at Kennedy Dental. Unfortunately, people can develop some form of a periodontal disease even with the most diligent dental care. When this disease begins, professional intervention is needed to prevent its progression.

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