Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Your teeth are connected to your entire body. It is very important to have great home dental care as well as visit to Dr. Nugent and his great team.
Great oral health can boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Gum disease and cavities lead to problems such as unattractive smile, bad breath and even loss of teeth.
The bacterial infection and inflammation process of gum disease has many negative aspects. Gum disease can cause inflammation that can be directly associated with cardiovascular problems. This includes stroke and heart disease.
Help prevent dental problems with good home dental care.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, three times a day. The best time is after meals. Also, using an electric tooth brush can help the teeth and gum tissue stay healthy. Brushing your teeth reduces plaque build up and reduces your chance of developing cavities.
You only floss the teeth you want to keep! Flossing is vital because flossing can clean places your toothbrush can’t! Dr. Nugent knows this is the hardest recommendation to follow. But the potential damages caused from not flossing is to great. So keep some floss in your car, in your purse, at work, or in your backpack. That way you always have floss readily available.
Use a quality mouthwash. Dr. Nugent prefers Listerine mouth wash. Mouth wash helps kill bacteria.
Get minty fresh breath and fight gum disease!
Chewing sugar free gum when you can brush after meals is a great way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. The sugar free gum stimulates saliva. The saliva neutralizes acid from bacteria and washes bacteria away.
Periodontal disease is unfortunately very common. Make sure you dentist is current with the latest methods on treating periodontal disease. See why Dr. Nugent is a regional dental leader. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena Texas 77504.
- Gum disease occurs when the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth becomes inflamed.
- Gum disease is very common and chronic problem
- The early stage of gum disease is reversible
- Gum disease left untreated can lead to more serious gum disease, infection and tooth loss.
- Brushing your teeth and gums twice a day can help prevent gum disease.
- Visit your dental practitioner regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
Gum disease signs and symptoms include:
- Your gums are swollen and red.
- bleeding gums after tooth brushing
- Having poor breath or a bad aftertaste
- receding (drawing away from your teeth) gums
- vulnerable teeth
- loose or mobile teeth
What cause periodontal disease?
Plaque, a thick film of bacteria that collects on teeth and along the gumline, is what causes gum disease. Plaque contains microorganisms that irritate and make the gums more prone to bleeding.
If the plaque is not removed using a toothbrush, it hardens and aggravate the gums even more. ‘Calculus’ or ‘tartar’ are terms used to describe hardened plaque. It can only be eliminated by a dentist or hygienist.
Gum disease is more likely to affect you if you:
- have poor home dental care
- have diabetes
- taking specific medications, such as those that produce dry mouth,
- are undergoing puberty or pregnancy