Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. Dr. Lester and her staff are committed to helping you maintain your health with comprehensive, consistent and compassionate care.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as comprehensive examinations and cleanings at our office. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once the disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will help to prevent most periodontal conditions.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition