Flossing and your Gums


Flossing and you Gums

Dentist in Silver Spring Maryland

If it feels like every time you see your dentist and the number one recommendation is for you to floss your teeth daily, it’s because YOU REALLY SHOULD!!  Brushing alone does not prevent “gum disease”, flossing is a critical step in the process.

 

Signs and Symptoms of “gum disease” include:

-Bad breath that won’t go away

-Red or swollen gums

-Tender or bleeding gums

-Loose teeth

-Receding gums

-Bone Loss

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So what is Periodontal disease? 

“Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth.  If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and may also interfere with other systems of the body. Many studies have associated gum disease with other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis.” (See more at: https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-prepilot)

One big take away from above is the link that has been established between Periodontal disease and other “inflammatory diseases,” most notably Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.  These are very serious conditions and most of my patients are not aware that this link exists.  Your overall health is dependent on your oral health so I strongly recommend to all my patients to increase their flossing as brushing alone is not enough.

Routine dental cleanings every 6 months is critical in maintaining healthy gums.  During this appointment a complete evaluation of your “gums” are made and treatment recommendations are made.  In some cases a “Deep Cleaning” (Scaling & Root Planing) is recommended in order to properly clean and stop the progression of the disease.

Call us today at 301-565-4555 to make an appointment in our Silver Spring Maryland office with Dr. Nima Raoufinia to review your oral health and discuss the different options that are available to you.

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