Protect Your Gums & Teeth with Your Iowa Organic Dentist
Although it may seem surprising, over 75% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, whether it's mild or severe. No matter what, this is something that shouldn't be ignored--gum disease is a serious threat to your oral health and can turn into a drastic issue that may devolve into tooth loss.
With the help of your Iowa organic dentist, we have the ability to protect your teeth and gums from suffering. Let's begin with learning about periodontal disease and how it affects your smile:
All of our mouths are naturally full of bacteria. Throughout the day, this bacteria builds up on your teeth and gums into a "plaque." The best way to remove this build up to brush and floss your teeth twice a day--once in the morning and once at night. If you're not cleaning your teeth every day, this plaque can build up and harden, creating "tartar" that can only be removed by your dentist.
The longer that you leave plaque and tartar on your teeth, the more harmful and dangerous they become to your smile. Bacteria will cause inflammation of your gums, which is also known as gingivitis. This is the mild form of gum disease, where the gums become red, swollen, sensitive, and can bleed from brushing, flossing and eating.
When gingivitis isn't properly treated, the bacteria will continue to grow and become more aggressive, causing it to advance into periodontitis (meaning "inflammation around the tooth"). During this, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth, causing pockets where bacteria can easily find its way in and cause serious infections. If periodontitis isn't treated, patients are at a serious risk of painful chewing, swollen and bleeding gums, and loose teeth that can eventually fall out!
If you're worried that you're suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our office by calling (515) 277-6657 today. Don't let your smile suffer one day longer!