Oral hygiene is incredibly important to keep problems such as gum disease from occurring. Gum disease is a serious problem that occurs in many patients that they may not be aware of. It starts out as gingivitis, which can cause the gums to bleed and become red and inflamed. A typical sign of the development of gum disease is the bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. If not addressed early on, it can continue to progress and develop into more severe periodontal disease, in which pockets form between the gums and teeth to allow even more bacteria and plaque to develop. Eventually, if not diagnosed and treated, gum disease can result in bone loss, gum recession and the loss of natural teeth. Treatment is key to preventing periodontal disease, as are regular dental appointments. Daily brushing and flossing can also help patients, both young and old, maintain a beautiful, healthy smile between visits to their dental office, and can ensure that gum disease does not develop.
Our oral hygienist at Park West Dental is specialized in taking care of all aspects your oral hygiene. Along with regular check-ups, a regular hygiene appointment can make all the difference to your long-term oral health.