Good oral hygiene is important for good oral health!
It is important to ensure you are properly brushing and flossing, plus using anti-plaque rinse and plaque-fighting toothpaste. This helps inhibit the plaque build-up that causes gingivitis and can help to inhibit the penetration of bacteria below the gum line, which is the primary cause of periodontitis.
Many of us will experience gingivitis at some time in our lives. (Nearly 75% of people over age 35 now have gum disease or have experienced it previously.)
Fortunately with immediate proper care, this type of gum disease is completely reversible. Gingivitis is caused by infrequent or incorrect brushing and flossing which results in plaque build-up on tooth surfaces, between teeth and under the gum line. Symptoms occur when bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that irritate gum tissue, causing gum tenderness, inflammation and pain.
If the disease is allowed to progress, gum infection will occur, accompanied by a tendency to bleed during brushing. In cases of acute gingivitis, more severe symptoms occur.
Periodontitis is a disease that occurs when bacterial toxins penetrate the gingiva and cause inflammation of the gums, ligaments and the bone structure, which support teeth. Although the effects of this inflammation may be irreversible, the disease’s progress can be halted and controlled. Because periodontitis may occur without visible symptoms, it is important for your dental professional to examine regularly for increased gum pocket depths, one of the earliest signs of the disease.
Early Periodontitis may be associated with tooth sensitivity; throbbing or tightness may be felt in the gum tissue. Periodontal disease can progress slowly without any visible signs or symptoms.
Moderate Periodontitis may cause loosening of the teeth, and an intensification and increased incidence of early periodontal symptoms.
Advanced Periodontitis is associated with gum recession, root decay, puss between teeth and gums, and loosening or loss of teeth.
By complementing this daily dental care routine with regular check-ups at our Bacchus Marsh dental clinic every six months, you can enrich and protect your total oral health.
Brush your teeth twice a day – this should be done for two minutes at a time, ensuring that you position your brush is at a 45-degree angle cleaning along and under the gum line.
Floss your teeth every single day – this is done to remove the build-up of plaque and debris on the surface of your teeth that cannot be reached by brushing alone.
Clean your tongue – this is done to remove the layer of mucous on the tongue that can harbour bacteria that is responsible for bad breath.
Preventative Oral Hygiene Routine
Poor oral health can impact directly on your general health with known links to heart disease and stroke to name a few. Gum disease is also the number one cause of tooth loss in adult Australians. Every oral health routine should include brushing twice daily and flossing to regularly remove plaque build-up and maintain a healthy and clean tooth surface.
Proper oral health care is paramount to the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. Prevention is always better than a cure. Maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine is critical to maintaining optimal oral health and avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular visits to the dentist for a preventative care, check-up and professional clean are a key component in any thorough oral hygiene routine. A visit every 6 months is recommended enabling early detection of potential problems before they escalate.
At Main Street Dental, we focus on implementing a preventative care program for all patients, helping each and everyone achieve their optimal level of oral health.