November 1, 2015
Dallas dental hygienists cite poor hygiene as a cause of tooth loss. Dallas dentist Ellis L Ramsey warns about hygiene, gum disease and keeping your teeth.
Isn’t tooth brushing enough?
The American Academy of Periodontology states that 3 quarters of American adults have some degree of gum disease–from slightly bleeding gums to infected gum tissue and bone loss. While factors such as heredity and systemic conditions play a role, poor oral hygiene is a culprit, too, say Dallas dental hygienists and Ellis L. Ramsey, Dallas dentist. Tooth loss may result.
Why does poor hygiene cause tooth loss?
Dr. Ramsey and his professional team agree that sticky plaque and hard tartar that build-up in between teeth and underneath the gum line lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Also called biofilm, plaque and tartar originate in the foods we eat, especially carbohydrates and sugars as found in cookies, candies and other starchy foods and beverages.
We brush and floss our teeth twice daily to remove biofilm. Plus, semi-annual cleanings by a Dallas dental hygienist remove the plaque and tartar that patients miss with their toothbrushes and floss. If people neglect brushing, flossing and cleanings, the oral bacteria in plaque eat away at tooth surfaces and infect gum tissue.
Researchers at the University of Florida College of Dentistry maintain that many people do not fully understand how important diligent oral hygiene really is. As such, they often skimp or totally ignore one or more steps in the hygiene regimen, particularly where their gum health is concerned.
What’s the big deal about gum tissue?
Gum tissue helps anchor teeth in place. When gums become infected because of bacteria-laden plaque, they literally pull away from tooth surfaces. Roots become exposed, and teeth become mobile as bacteria eats away at anchoring bone.
So, a thorough cleaning at Dr. Ramsey’s office, along with regular measuring of gum pockets, helps patients stay ahead of gum disease and improves oral health.
In addition, left unchecked, gum disease impacts overall health. Periodontitis, the most serious form of gum disease, appears linked to:
- heart attack
- rheumatoid arthritis
- respiratory infections
In other words, oral health impacts how well your teeth and the rest of your body function.
Non-surgical scaling and root planing is the most common treatment of gum disease. Your Dallas dental hygienist uses manual instruments to scrape plaque and tartar away from tooth surfaces and gums. Root planing smoothes roots so gums re-attach and re-anchor teeth. Dr. Ramsey often advises instillation of antibiotics (Arestin) below the gum line to heal infection.
Keep your smile healthy for life
Visit Dr. Ramsey and his staff twice yearly for a thorough oral exam and cleaning. He will check your mouth for gum disease, look at existing restorations, perform an oral cancer check, look for decay and assess bite and tooth alignment. Regular dental visits with your Dallas dentist remain your best insurance against tooth loss. Contact the office today for your appointment.
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