Keep Your Teeth and Good Dental Health a Lifetime

Yes, even in preventative dentistry there is that proverbial “800 pound gorilla” in the room.  It is called gum disease and more than 75% of people over the age of 35 have some form of it.  Years ago, a dentist said clearly to his client, “Your teeth are just fine, but your gums gotta go.”  You see, if you want to keep your teeth, you must keep your gums healthy.

The ADA (American Dental Association) has put this short video together for you to discover just how important the health of your gums is to your overall dental health.

The mouth is simply full of bacteria constantly, and though some bacteria in your mouth is harmless, other bacteria lie in wait to attack your teeth and gums.  This “bad” bacteria is the kind which can become sticky on your teeth and form what is called plaque.  It is under this plaque the bad bacteria lives and can begin starting cavities in your teeth.

In addition this plaque turns hard and irritates the gums and eventually causes bleeding.  Over time, if left without treatment, this can cause gums to recede down the teeth and can infect bones and the connective tissues which keep your teeth in place.  Gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose and need removal.

As bad as this can get, it is fairly easy to prevent or arrest.  Gum disease’s biggest enemy is the person who brushes twice daily and who flosses each and everyday..  Couple this daily hygiene with regular visits to the dentist and this is all that is needed to prevent or stop gum disease.  Stopping gum disease is the key to keeping your teeth for your entire lifetime.

Furthermore, in today’s treatment arsenal are some new products approved by the FDA which help diagnose and treat gum disease.  Some can even help regenerate the lost bone which can occur with longer term gum disease.

Keep this in mind. . .  it takes less than 24 hours for plaque to form and for the stage to be set for poor dental health and the possible loss of your teeth.  It takes only two or three minutes per day to brush and floss your teeth so you can keep them for your entire life.  Remember:  “You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep.”  🙂

 

Part 4 of a 4 part series on Dental Health As We Age

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