The mouth is a warm, moist environment that makes it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. While the presence of bacteria alone is not a sign of an unhealthy mouth, patients do need to be cautious. By practicing good oral hygiene habits, and scheduling routine general dentistry treatments that will keep the teeth clean, patients can keep bacteria to a minimum.
However, a build up of food particles can attract bacteria, and result in the formation of a sticky, hard substance on the teeth. This substance, known as plaque and tartar, poses a risk to the health of the teeth and gums. When plaque and tartar extend below the gum line, it can cause an infection. This infection, known as gum disease, causes the gum tissue to become tender and inflamed. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to a number of other oral complications, including tooth loss. To prevent tooth loss and gum disease from affecting our Corpus Christi, TX patients, Drs. Charles A. Robertson and Nicholas Perry Orchard offer periodontal treatment to combat gum disease and restore healthy gum tissue.
Gum Disease and the Risk of Tooth Loss
As with most other oral health problems, gum disease is a progressive condition. In its earliest stages, gum disease does not pose a threat to the teeth. The early signs of gum disease include swollen, tender gums, an increase in gum sensitivity, and bleeding while brushing. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should report them to Dr. Robertson or Dr. Orchard right away so that treatment can be administered. Most early stages of gum disease can be treated with a simple deep cleaning, followed by good oral hygiene habits at home.
Unfortunately, many patients fail to address the symptoms of gum disease. Without treatment, this condition will only get worse, and the risk of tooth loss will increase. As gum disease advances, additional side effects develop. One of the most common symptoms of advanced gum disease is gum recession. Gum recession creates pockets of space between the base of the teeth and the gum line. This weakens the foundation of the teeth and can cause some teeth to become loose.
Preventing Tooth Loss from Gum Disease
Gum disease can have serious consequences, but it is actually easy to prevent the most serious complications of gum disease. By practicing good oral hygiene habits and taking preventative measures to protect the health of the teeth and gums, most patients can prevent tooth loss from gum disease. Below are some important habits that all patients should practice:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss regularly
- Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year
- Report any side effects to your dentist as soon as possible
Treating Tooth Loss
Even if tooth loss has already occurred, patients can still restore the health, strength, and beauty of their smile. We offer a wide range of tooth loss treatments, including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. All of these treatments offer our patients strong restorations that will improve oral functions, preserve the structure of the mouth, and enhance the aesthetics of the smile.
Schedule an Appointment
Professional dental care is your greatest defense against tooth loss and the other complications of gum disease. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums or are simply in need of a routine dental exam and cleaning, we can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles A. Robertson or Nicholas Perry Orchard at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of dental services.