Essential Facts About Gum Health and Periodontal Hygiene
Gum health isn’t a topic many people pay attention to. Most assume that if they’ve brushed their teeth when they wake up and before bedtime, they’re good to go — but oral health is an extensive topic, and it doesn’t end at brushing teeth. Sadly, many adults suffer from periodontal disease, which affects the gum tissue and may cause teeth to fall out.
Why Is Gum Hygiene Important?
The most basic reason gum health is necessary is to prevent you from losing your teeth. Gingivitis is the most common gum disease that causes inflammation of the gingiva — the part of the gum around the base of your teeth. It’s caused when bacteria found in plaque forms around your teeth, and, with time, migrates to your gums if not removed. Your gums become red and swollen, and if you don’t manage it well, it may progress to periodontitis, where your teeth may fall out due to loose gum tissue.
The inflammation caused by gum disease may also affect other body systems, too. Simple gum inflammation can even lead to stroke and heart disease in some cases. The risk of contracting pneumonia is also increased due to harmful bacteria in the mouth potentially traveling to your lungs. Gum disease may also affect your emotional health since you won’t be able to smile or eat well due to missing teeth.
The good news is that gum disease can be reversed with daily brushing and frequent flossing. If you already have periodontitis, there are several ways it can be managed.
Connective Tissue Grafts
This procedure will help protect your teeth from the effects of gum recession, which leads to root exposure. The dentist will perform minor surgery whereby skin will be harvested from your mouth palate and the sub-epithelial connective tissue obtained from that skin.
This tissue is then grafted to the remaining bits of gum on the exposed tooth. Your dentist may also give you the option of using grafting using tissue from a tissue bank instead of obtaining it from your mouth.
Your dentist will then advise you on what to do to promote fast healing. He may prescribe stimulating tissue proteins to help your body naturally grow bone and tissue, so your gums are soon back in excellent condition.
Crown Lengthening Procedure
Crown lengthening procedure involves removing gum tissue or bone that will help reveal the tooth while improving the gum health. There are two main uses for crown lengthening:
- Crown lengthening allows for a crown to be fitted on the remaining part of the healthy tooth hidden under the gum.
- If a patient has uneven gum levels, crown lengthening exposes more tooth and reduces gum display for aesthetic purposes.
Oral health is vital, and with our help, it’s not hard to achieve. In addition to regular visits to the qualified healthcare professionals at Dental Choice, good dental hygiene involves the regular brushing of teeth, flossing, eating foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges, and avoiding bad habits that affect the teeth, such as smoking.
Contact Dental Choice Today
Dental problems can be dangerous for your health. Fortunately, a crown lengthening procedure can restore your dental function and appearance. To find out whether crown lengthening is the best procedure for you, schedule an appointment with Dental Choice at our office in either Calgary or Edmonton today.