Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, recommend keeping up with regular dental appointments to help protect against tooth decay and gum disease. Biannual cleanings and exams are important for your oral and overall health because you can develop gum disease without ever having glaring or painful symptoms.
Healthy gum tissue is vital for your oral health. When a patient has gum disease, the gums actually pull away from the surfaces of the teeth. Left untreated it can cause teeth to loosen, and even tooth loss!
Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is sticky bacteria left behind on the surfaces of the teeth and when it hardens, it's called tartar. The toxins in plaque irritate and inflame the gums, and they start to pull away from the teeth. Infection can damage the tissue and bone in the area and contribute to tooth loss.
A good brushing and flossing routine is essential for removing plaque before it becomes tartar and causes gum disease. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day can keep plaque from building up and keep your gums healthy.
Keep up with your cleaning routine at home, but don't ignore these signs of gum disease. Call your Lehi, UT, dentist if you notice:
- Gums bleeding when brushing
- Red or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Puss in between the gums and teeth
- Loose teeth
If you do have gum disease, we can help with a special cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a targeted cleaning of the surfaces of your teeth and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar, and allows your gums to heal back around your tooth. Depending on your case, your dentist may recommend doing this procedure over the course of two appointments.
Regular dental appointments are important to prevent gum disease, but if you do notice any signs of gum disease don't hesitate to contact Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle. Give Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, a call at (801) 766-6344.