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Good periodontal health is just as important to the overall function of your mouth as preserving good dental health. Gum disease complications can weaken the roots of your teeth causing infections, systemic inflammation, and eventual tooth loss. These problems often start when an inconsistent or inadequate oral hygiene routine allows plaque and residual food particles to harden into tartar on the surfaces of your teeth near the gum line can cause the gum inflammation known as gingivitis. Without professional treatment, it could escalate into the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

As this starts to happen, the bacterial presence in your gums can cause an infection to form near the roots of your teeth. This could result in multiple cases of tooth loss and other oral health complications. Improved focus on your daily oral hygiene routine can help prevent hardened tartar from developing near the gumline. This will significantly reduce your chances of suffering gingivitis and other forms of gum disease.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice and flossing at least once each day. You need to remember to floss between each of your teeth, and along the gumline, as well as behind your back molar. Once this is done, you might want to vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove any lingering food particles and loosened plaque deposits while also killing bacteria. As a pleasant side effect it can also help freshen your breath.

If you live in the Greer, South Carolina area and you have concerns about the health of your gums or the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine, you can always call 864-663-5019 to speak to Dr. Peter McPherson or a member of the staff at Twin Falls Family Dentistry.