• Periodontitis, Gum Disease, and Flossing

  • Gum Disease Ballwin dentistAre you at that stage in life when you groan as you sit or go to stand, with new aches and pains appearing every day?  Getting older isn’t a lot of fun if your joints hurt or when aching muscles don’t respond like they used to.  Yet, we do feel the difference of aging joints and bones.  What we don’t always feel is swelling, or inflamed gums and according to our Ballwin dentist and others, inflamed gum tissue is something of which we should all be aware.

    Periodontal Disease

    When the soft tissues in our mouth become inflamed, the result is gum disease.  As gum disease progresses, it becomes periodontal disease.  Chronic inflammation has a direct effect on heart disease and can also lead to strokes and heart attacks.  Gum disease, or gingivitis is treatable with minimal visits to our Ballwin dentist.  Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, requires more attention and care.  Periodontal disease begins to affect your bone structure and not only your gum tissue after a while.  Eliminate the risk associated with periodontal disease and gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene.

    Signs of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

    The signs and symptoms of gum disease and periodontitis include swollen gums, bleeding gums, oozing pus from gums, and bad breath.  As the disease progresses, the result can be loose teeth as well as an infection that spreads through your blood stream to your heart and other organs of your body.

    How to Avoid Gum Disease

    Floss, floss, and floss again.  Flossing is the number one way to avoid weakening gums, tooth decay, and gum disease.  Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from the spaces between your teeth.  This cleaning process keeps infection from setting in while keeping your gums pink and healthy.  Floss between your teeth every day.  Water flossers and hand-held flossers, or floss picks, are easy to use if you have trouble managing traditional strands of floss.  Young children benefit from these methods as well and will easily form a dental hygiene habit that will last them a lifetime.

     

    Brushing your teeth is very important, but it alone will not keep your mouth free from gum disease.  If you don’t already, start flossing today and pay a visit to our Ballwin dentist for a regular dental exam.  We will discuss your concerns about gum disease and put you on an oral treatment plan that will keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean.  Follow us on social media for more oral health tips and we invite you to give us a call if you have questions regarding your teeth and gums.