Undoubtedly most people are aware of the seriousness of plaque and gingivitis and how they can have an impact on their oral health as well as their overall health.
You have had warnings from your dentist, you have read about the dangers in magazines and you see the effects on television commercials. Plaque and gingivitis threaten your health.
Understanding Plaque and Gingivitis
Plaque is a bacterial pale yellow biofilm that develops naturally on your teeth. If not removed with brushing, plaque can accumulate and harden, leading to gingivitis. An inflammation of the gums, gingivitis causes painful red and puffy gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
In some cases of gingivitis, the symptoms are mild and you may not even know you have it until it is too late. If left untreated, though, gingivitis can spread and affect tissue, teeth and bones. This can lead to periodontitis that can eventually result in the loss of your teeth. It may also increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How to Protect Your Mouth from Gingivitis
To prevent gingivitis from developing, thoroughly brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes at least twice a day, everyday. Be sure you brush right before you go to bed. In conjunction with brushing, you should floss your teeth twice a day. Make this a habit to remove food particles that can get trapped between your teeth. Gargle with a good medicinal mouthwash, too, to eliminate bacteria that can cause bad breath.
The final and probably the most important step in preventing gingivitis is to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist can check your teeth for early signs of gingivitis. They can also recommend steps to stop the progression of the condition. Your dental hygienist, on the other hand, removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth that lead to gingivitis.
Dental professionals at Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, 800 Southdown Rd., Unit A3, in Mississauga can advise you on the best way to replace your missing tooth and restore the vitality, health and beauty of your smile. To arrange an appointment, please call us at 905-822-8880 or email our office at email@example.com.