Gum disease begins with subtle signs that are often ignored. Red, tender, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing are telltale signs that gum disease has started in the mouth. As foods and beverages breakdown in the mouth, plaque forms on the teeth. When plaque is not removed from the teeth it hardens and begins eating away at the tooth enamel. Proper oral hygiene at home combined with regular dental cleanings and checkups are necessary to remove damaging plaque before it destroys the teeth. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Dr. Justin Scott and his staff provide comprehensive dental care including prevention and treatment for gum disease.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is how the old adage goes, and this can apply to oral health as much as anything else. Preventing gum disease is relatively simple, yet millions of Americans are diagnosed with gum disease every year. Gum disease is a result of damaging plaque that builds up on the teeth and is not removed. When left on the teeth, plaque eats away at the gums causing the structure to become compromised. Gums support the teeth in the mouth, and when they are damaged from disease they do not have the strength needed to hold the teeth in place.
Brushing and flossing remove plaque from the teeth between dental visits. However, it is important to note that brushing AND flossing remove plaque – not just brushing. Toothbrush bristles cannot fit into the tight spaces between the teeth. Plaque and food particles left between the teeth will quickly grow in this environment. Therefore, using the preventive methods at home of good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist twice a year are crucial components for preventing gum disease.
If you are looking for a dental practice to call your own in the Buckhead area, or if you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, call Pure Dental Health today to schedule an appointment. We offer high quality, affordable dental care for all of patients.
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