Everybody knows it’s a good idea to brush your teeth and floss every day. Yet some people just don’t do it. What they don’t realize is that every time they eat or drink something, bacteria forms on their teeth. And because they don’t remove that bacteria, it builds up, hardens, and turns into plaque and tartar that can no longer be removed by simply brushing or flossing. That’s when they need to come in to see Dr. Phil Iffland to learn about Canton gum disease prevention.
Luckily for most people, Canton gum disease prevention starts at home with simple daily brushing and flossing. The key to preventing gum disease is to remove the bacteria from your teeth as fast as you can after meals. If you’re not at home or you don’t have a toothbrush handy, chewing sugarless gum is a great alternative. The additional saliva that is produced when you chew gum helps remove the bacteria until you can brush and floss and remove it more completely.
There are basically two types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the mildest type that affects just the gums. Reversing gingivitis can generally be done by simply resuming a regular routine of brushing and flossing. If you don’t take care of gingivitis quickly it can turn into periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, on the other hand, is a more severe form of gum disease that is actually very destructive. If you have periodontal disease it means the bacteria has penetrated deeper into the gums and has actually reached the bone and membrane that supports your teeth. When that happens, you can actually lose teeth and end up with other health related problems.
If you have any problems with your gums, make an appointment with Dr. Iffland right away for Canton gum disease prevention and treatment. You can reach Dr. Iffland at (330) 478-0019 to make an appointment today.