If you have sore, bleeding, or red gums, you may have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. When you eat and drink throughout the day, bacteria attach to your gums, teeth, and mouth. As this bacteria builds-up, it forms a sticky substance called plaque. If you brush, floss, and rinse in the morning and at night, your oral health routine will remove some of the plaque. However, if you have a poor oral health routine, plaque can build-up between dental appointments. After a while, the sticky plaque turns into hard tartar that can cause cavities or gum disease. Therefore, an important part
What is Gum Disease?
As stated above, gum disease develops from irritated gums by becoming inflamed. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is inflammation around the bottom of the tooth and is usually reversible with frequent visits to Prairie Fields Dentistry. However, the second stage, periodontitis, which is inflammation in the tissue and the bone, is not reversible. Gum disease can be caused by more than just poor oral health. Hormonal changes, family history, smoke and smokeless tobacco, medications, and illnesses can also lead to gum disease. The best way to reduce your risk for gum disease is to talk to Dr. Wolniak and his team at Prairie Feilds Dentistry.
How Can I Remove Tarter?
The best advice that Dr. Wolniak and his team can give you to improve your oral health is to develop a good oral health routine. This begins with brushing two times per day, flossing once per day, and rinsing. Always use toothpaste with fluoride in it. This will help prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel on your teeth. When trying to remove tarter from your smile, opt for tarter control toothpaste. An electric toothbrush and water flossier will also help reach the difficult corners of your mouth where bacteria can hide and pile-up. Everyday habits like smoking and poor diet can lead to further development of tarter. If you use smoke or smokeless tobacco, quit today to improve your oral and overall health. Additionally, reduce sugary foods like candy, chips, a excessive amounts of fruit, and introduce more water-filled vegetables, like celery. Lastly, remember to stay hydrated. Drinking water regularly rinses the bacteria off of your teeth preventing dry mouth, gum disease, and bad breath.
Poor oral health can not only put your at risk for oral illnesses, it can also increase your risk for overall health diseases such as cardiovascular disease. For more information about how to care for your oral health or to plan your next visit at Prairie Fields Dentistry in Overland Park, Kansas, call Dr. Wolniak and his team at (913)-871-5360, today!