It is not a given that we must lose teeth as we age. If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings, chances are we can keep our natural teeth for life.
One of the biggest threats to oral hygiene is gum disease, defined as a bacterial infection that threatens the tissue supporting your teeth. During regular check-ups, the team at Nicole M. Paxson, D.D.S., seeks out early signs of gum disease. If they see something, the solution is periodontal therapy.
Periodontal therapy can take different forms, but the goal is always to restore diseased tissues to health.
The best way to avoid the need for periodontal therapy, though, is to brush and floss daily. Effective brushing and flossing are key. Scrub too hard and you can cause your gums to recede. Don’t brush thoroughly and you miss floss and plaque. Dr. Paxson’s staff is happy to demonstrate proper technique during your appointments.
Remember, too, that there are some areas of the mouth that a toothbrush and floss just can’t reach, which is why it’s so important to have regular professional cleanings with Dr. Paxson’s team. We also may see early signs of gum disease before you experience any discomfort.
Eating a nutritious diet low in sugar and staying away from tobacco in all forms will also increase your periodontal health — and your chances of keeping your teeth for life.