Periodontal diseases (gum disease) is simply put an infection of the gum tissue. This infection destroys the gum tissue and bone support of the teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. Dental plaque is a blanket of bacteria that is clumped together. It is the white accumulation on your teeth and gum tissue. Daily brushing and flossing is vital to removing the plaque that causes periodontal disease.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over the age of thirty-five lose more teeth to periodontal disease (gum diseases) than from dental decay. The best way to prevent decay and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily. Dr. Nugent recommends using an electric tooth brush to help remove plaque. Flossing will get the bacteria and plaque out that is between your teeth.
If dental plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque will harden into a rough, cement like substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Bacteria found in plaque and tartar produces toxins and wastes that irritate the gum tissue. The gum tissue will turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is extended, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. This larger pocket allows more bacteria to accumulate thus accelerating the disease processes. As periodontal diseases advances, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place rapidly deteriorate. If left untreated gum disease leads to tooth loss.
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Dr. Michael Nugent is a general dentist located at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. He is a regional leader in dentistry and has been voted BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times. Don’t let gum disease destroy your oral health. Get the best in dental care for you and your family.