Stay On Top and Maintain Strong Gum Health

One of the most common problems affecting American health is the infection of the periodontal tissue. This is the soft pink material otherwise known as your gums. Without timely treatment and preventive care, bacterial infection can progress to the loss of teeth. Infection can even spread from the mouth throughout the rest of our body. Unlike other bodily tissues, the gums cannot regrow after damage. Therefore it is supremely important to practice their protection! Speak with your Ankeny, IA dentist to receive critical instruction on maintaining your periodontal health at home.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when microscopic bacteria grow and infect your gums. Left untreated, the infection can cause the gum tissue to recede. This recession allows the bacteria to infect even deeper into the mouth advancing the disease. To prevent this advancement, you should practice regular preventive dental care at home and book regular appointments to stop periodontal disease before it takes hold.

How Does Periodontal Disease Affect My Oral Health?

Bacterial infection and gum recession can compound damage to the future wellbeing of your smile. Infected areas may begin to bleed and become inflamed. You may notice a distinctive aroma known as morning breath when bacterial growth creates odor. Left unchecked, advanced forms of the disease will attack the strength of the jawbone itself. This can cause the shifting of your teeth and even their eventual dislodgment. In fact, gum disease is the most common reason for tooth loss in adults today. Use this knowledge to protect your teeth and ensure their long-term health.

Revive Your Gumline With Deep Cleaning

Through routine visitation to our office for your regular checkups and cleanings, your dentist will observe the health of your teeth and surrounding gum tissue. If your dentist detects that gingivitis has developed, you can require more than just the regular cleaning methods that fight the formation of bacteria deposits above your gumline. In this case, she will suggest a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning begins by scaling all the plaque and tartar above and below your gumline. Equally important, the dentist then smooths the roots of your teeth. This allows your gums to heal and reattach to the area previously obscured by plaque. The procedure may require multiple visits to complete so schedule accordingly to satisfy your needs.

Meet your Ankeny, IA Dental Team and Improve Your Periodontal Health

Dr. Amber Foust and our staff are greatly qualified to address a variety of oral health issues, including the infection of the periodontal tissue. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Foust and seek more information, call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA at 515-207-6182. Additionally, we gladly serve patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.