Keeping your smile healthy for life
Plaque is a clear sticky film on the surface of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque reacts with the sugar and starch in foods and drinks causing acid that attacks the gum tissue and tooth enamel, causing both gum disease and tooth decay.
Periodontal disease is a severe form of gum disease that destroys soft tissue and bone structure. If not treated promptly it can result in tooth loss and in the longer term periodontal disease may cause even more serious health problems such as increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen red or purple gums
- Gum tenderness
- Gum recession exposing more tooth than normal
- Spaces developing between teeth
- Pus forming at the gum line
- Persistent bad breath.
With regular dental checkups at The Art of Dentistry, correct brushing, flossing and a healthy diet we can help prevent the onset of these problems. Excellent oral hygiene must be maintained daily so that the disease does not recur.
A person who has good oral hygiene will have the following attributes:
- Fresh breath
- Pink gums, with no inflammation or bleeding when you brush and floss
- No plaque on your teeth.
The good news is that gum disease can be reversed if diagnosed and treated in its early stages. A regular examination with The Art of Dentistry team is the first step in preventing gum disease.