Oral hygiene is one of the most crucial disciplines of dentistry which is largely overlooked and underestimated by general population. Oral hygiene involves the health and maintenance of supporting structures of teeth to enable teeth to work as one unit in the oral cavity. Oral health is not limited to cleaning teeth but also about maintaining surrounding/supporting tissues. This not only enables you to look and feel good but good oral hygiene improves your self-esteem enabling you to keep your teeth for life adding up to your general well-being.
Gum disease is an inflammation process caused by colonization of plaque around the gum margins. Plaque is a sticky, white film of mixed bacteria that forms on the surface of teeth and gums. Without proper oral hygiene, plaque will irritate the gums which contribute to bleeding on brushing, loss of bone and gum tissues, pain and bad breath. Furthermore, undisturbed plaque eventually hardens into calculus or tartar that can only be removed by our in office equipment. Not only does gum disease cause pain and bad breath, it is also one of the main causes of tooth loss due to irreversible destruction to tooth supporting tissues (gum and bone).
Although the major cause of gum disease is bacteria and plaque, there are other factors that makes you more prone to gum inflammation, these include:
- Genetic susceptibility
- Hormonal changes (pregnancy, puberty)
The good news is that it’s a progressive condition which has positive outcomes if diagnosed and treated early! At Dentist at Healthlink we are committed to providing dental treatments with the aim of prevention. We carefully assess the health status of your gums and teeth at every check up appointment and take the time required to provide you with adequate information to ensure you are proficiently performing home oral hygiene care.
If you or your family members are experiencing bleeding gums, bad breath or discomfort, you don’t have to worry. Visit us at Dentist at Healthlink for consultations and treatments tailored to your individual needs today!