We aim to assist you in maintaining healthy gum tissue; after all, your gums are the supporting structures holding your teeth in place
At All About Teeth Townsville, we know daily brushing and flossing is not only important to avoid decay, it’s also important for your overall health.
Problems can arise when you fail to floss or brush correctly. In the areas you miss, plaque bacteria hardens into tartar. Tartar can no longer be removed by simple brushing and flossing and can only be removed by a professional dental clean.
Here in Townsville at both our All About Teeth practices, we are committed to identifying and treating any dental concerns you may have in the early development stage in order to reduce their impact on your health and quality of life.
What is gum disease?
Over time, more dangerous types of bacteria can build up within tartar. These bacteria can produce toxins, which irritate and inflame the gums. This condition is known as gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease or bone disease – a condition where bacteria and their toxins invade not only the gums, but also the bone and structures supporting your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss in addition to permanent bone damage and even bone loss, limiting your suitability for restorative treatment such as dental implants.
Treatment is available to stop gum disease although, if left untreated for prolonged periods, the damage may be irreversible leading to future oral and general health complications and expense.
How does gum disease affect my body?
It’s well known that gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth and can often result in tooth loss, bone loss and other oral problems. But what many patients don’t know is that gum disease can also have a negative impact on the rest of your body.
There have been many clinical studies that demonstrate a correlation between poor gum health contributing to health concerns in other areas of your body. Studies have shown that patients with poor oral health were in a higher risk category for developing heart disease, type ll diabetes and more recently pancreatic and tongue cancer.
Health professionals now understand that the harmful bacteria in gum disease are able to access the rest of our body via the bloodstream. A patient with active gum disease is slowly eroding their health by poisoning their system with bacteria. As it is yet to be proven conclusively to what percentage an increase in gum disease contributes to these conditions, various research studies are continuing.
How does my diet affect my oral hygiene?
Are you aware that many common foods may be the cause of tooth decay?
When some foods or beverages, especially sticky and sugary snacks and drinks, remain in contact with your tooth enamel for a prolonged period, plaque will develop. Plaque contains bacterium that breaks down the sugar content in substances, producing an acid. This acid has the ability to dissolve the minerals in your tooth enamel, allowing bacteria to enter the softer underlying layers of your tooth. This will ultimately cause what is known as tooth decay or tooth caries.
Soft, sticky and sugary substances such as sweets, biscuits, cakes and soft drinks are more likely to cause you problems. You should avoid snacking on these foods between meals and your teeth should be brushed and flossed to remove plaque and bacteria as soon as possible after consumption of these treats.
Good oral hygiene is essential in the prevention of oral diseases and tooth decay. An effective daily oral hygiene routine will keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy and your breath fresh.
To book a comprehensive appointment with our skilled and experienced team in either Townsville or Ayr, contact us today.