Oral hygiene at home and visits two times per year to the office of Michael L Bolden, DDS comprise the best way to prevent Gum disease Prospect Heights. We take that very seriously, because without strong and healthy gums, your teeth lack the reliable foundation that they require.
Gum disease Prospect Heights initially develops with mild symptoms, typically irritation and redness. While not ideal, if not allowed to worsen, that stage, called gingivitis, does not pose any significant threat to your oral wellness. But preventing it entirely goes back to your diet. Nutritionally, it is sugar and starch that are responsible for dental plaque growing on your teeth and at the gum line. It’s a filmy substance that contains bacterial acids. They erode tooth enamel to form cavities, but they are also the reason for gum disease Prospect Heights. If you brush your teeth when you wake up, again before bed, and ideally also after meals, you’re putting yourself in a good position to keep your gums healthy. Flossing before bed is also essential for the removal of food particles, as well as loosening up sticky plaque between your teeth. If any plaque stays out of reach of your at-home oral hygiene, it eventually turns into tartar, which is a harder and crustier version of plaque that can only be efficiently eliminated when you get a professional teeth cleaning. By getting one every six months, as part of a full oral examination, you ensure that any tartar that has built up is being addressed on a regular basis. But there’s another big plus. Cleanings reverse the effects of gingivitis, keeping Gum disease Prospect Heights from reaching the advanced stage of periodontitis.
Don’t let time slip away. Reach out to our office right now, while you’re thinking about it, and book your next visit to come in for an oral examination and teeth cleaning. Keep your gums free of disease to the greatest extent possible.