Bone Loss is the result of untreated periodontal disease. When bacteria spreads beyond the gumline it causes inflammation known as gingivitis that infects tissue beneath your teeth. A healthy mouth includes bones and teeth surrounded snugly by connective tissue and gum tissue. Your teeth fit into their sockets and bones without wiggle room. The point where your gums meet your teeth creates a tiny dip, known as a gingival sulcus. As the disease progresses, your gums pull away from your teeth. Plaque fills the gingival sulcus. As this tiny pocket becomes larger, it is referred to as a periodontal pocket. As bacteria reach teeth roots and your jawbone, released bacterial toxins wear away at the bone tissue, which is no longer protected by healthy gums. Effects may include tooth loss, bone craters, or severe bone deterioration.
How to prevent gum disease?
Preventative dentistry is a minimal approach to protecting your teeth and gums for life. This includes regular teeth cleaning and dental checkups.
Regular visits to the oral hygienist
Regular professional cleaning is the best way to remove plaque and tartar build up that you cannot reach with general flossing and brushing. To avoid bacteria causing gingivitis from degrading your jawbone we recommend that our patients have a deep clean at least every 6 months.
Regular Dental check-ups
Having to visit the dentist every six months may not be the appointment that everyone looks forward to, but it is one of the most important ones to keep.
During the dental check up, our dentists will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas.