You may be surprised to know how important your periodontal health is for maintaining your full smile. Poor gum health can lead to complications from periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. In addition to creating potential problems for your general health, this condition can destroy the tissues supporting teeth, leading to tooth loss over time. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to make sure your gums remain in good health. At our Rapid City, SD dentist’s office, we can provide important preventive dental care during your routine dental exams. We can also provide dedicated periodontal treatment in order to address an infection before your condition worsens.
Good Brushing And Flossing Habits Can Protect Your Gums
Your oral hygiene habits are important to your larger efforts to fight gum disease. Simply put, when you do a good job of preventing a buildup of oral bacteria, particularly at your gum line, infections are less likely to occur. Be mindful when you brush, and focus on cleaning at the base of your teeth. You should also floss down to your gum line in order to clear away any bacteria that may have gathered. Following these simple but important practices can make preserving your smile easier!
Look Out For These Warning Signs Of Gingivitis
How will you know when gum disease starts to become a problem? If you notice that it has become difficult for you to avoid bouts of bad breath, gingivitis may be responsible. You can also have problems with your gums bleeding easily. During routine brushing and flossing sessions, check on your smile – reddened and swollen gum tissues can warn you that you have an infection that should be addressed.
Your Dentist Can Provide A Periodontal Cleaning
During your routine appointments, your smile will be thoroughly checked, and cleaned. If any issues with your teeth are identified, your dentist can talk to you about restorative dental work. If something appears to be wrong with your gums, you can arrange a periodontal cleaning, which is also known as a deep cleaning. This procedure does more than just offer a typical dental cleaning. During this treatment, the portions of your teeth below your gum line are cleaned in order to fight bacteria present in these spaces. By performing this service, your dentist will help you recover from gingivitis. If you are already fighting an advanced infection, your deep cleaning can be part of a larger overall strategy to preserve your dental health.
Talk To Hillsview Dental About Maintaining Healthy Gums
At Hillsview Dental, our practice is committed to helping patients who are trying to keep their teeth and gums healthy! In addition to providing routine preventive services, we can arrange a periodontal cleaning to help you fight a problem that has developed with your gums. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652.