At our practice, we always want our patients to be reminded of the dental practices that make up good dental health. To neglect dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist now, could mean greater problems down the road. These are some things to look out for:
Plaque and tartar
Dental plaque forms constantly, collecting in the grooves of the teeth, between teeth, at the gum line, and below it. If not removed with brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus). Tartar can be removed only with a professional cleaning.
This is the mildest form of periodontal disease. The gum becomes inflamed. The space between gum and tooth deepens, forming a pocket. Gums may become red and swollen, or may bleed when probed.
Or, there may be no symptoms. Gingivitis can often be reversed with dental cleanings and regular brushing and flossing. Left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis.
With Periodontitis, infection and inflammation spread to the bone supporting the teeth. Ligaments break down and the gums may recede. Pockets deepen and can be difficult to keep clean. Redness, swelling, and bleeding may develop or worsen. Bacteria multiply, and infection begins to destroy the bone. As bone is destroyed, teeth may start to feel loose.
As periodontitis advances, pockets deepen even more and can fill with pus. Around the roots of the teeth, the gums may start to swell. Bone loss continues. The teeth may feel sensitive to heat or cold, and mayo hurt when brushed. Teeth loosen due to loss of bone and ligament. In some cases, teeth may need to be removed to keep periodontal disease from spreading.
Please call us now to make an appointment with Dr. Mauricio Hervas & Associates at Implantation Dental Center. We can be reached at 954.476.0770.
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