Gum diseases are one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States. Gum disease is caused by the oral bacteria that live in plaque. Plaque is a colorless biofilm that is constantly developing and accumulating on teeth. The bacteria can irritate and infect the gums, which eventually leads to gum disease. Our Los Angeles dental implant expert encourages dental health practices that can help you stay free of gum disease.
Removing plaque regularly can help reduce exposure to oral bacteria and reduce the potential of gum irritation. Plaque that is removed infrequently or incompletely can quickly harden into tartar, a mineralized substance that harbors even more bacteria and can only be removed by a dental professional. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush effectively removes plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. You should brush at least two times a day or after meals. Flossing removes plaque in those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth and along the gumlines. Floss at least once a day for the best results. Visiting our dentist regularly for professional cleanings is also important because we can remove tartar buildup and identify the earliest signs of gum disease.
Symptoms of gum disease include inflamed gums, gums that are easily irritated, sensitive or painful gums, gums that bleed when teeth are brushed or flossed, swollen gums, receding gums, chronic bad breath or a chronic bad taste. Contact our periodontist in Los Angeles if you have any of these symptoms or would like to schedule an appointment.