Many people assume that losing teeth is a natural part of getting older. But that’s not a given thing. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular visits to Steven Leach Dental for examinations and cleanings are a great way to improve the longevity of your smile.
In addition to caring for the teeth themselves, it’s critical to also care for surrounding structures: gums and bone.
Gum disease, which is a bacterial infection is a threat to these supporting structures. For this reason our professionals are always on the lookout for early signs of gum disease, and then advise on appropriate therapies, should gum disease present itself.
The goal of periodontal therapy is to restore diseased tissues to health, regardless of the cause. Gum disease can spread from gums to bones. It can even cause tooth loss. Fortunately, for patients dealing with Gum Disease, Dr. Leach has a variety of effective therapies to bring to bear. Periodontal therapy can be either surgical or non-surgical, depending on the situation. Steven Leach Dental can guide you as you choose a therapeutic approach.
Dental plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease. So, daily flossing and brushing is essential in preventing plaque accumulation and potential gum disease. Contrary to what you may think, brushing harder (ie. scrubbing teeth) is actually detrimental to gum health and can cause gums to recede. And while great oral hygiene is key to gum health, there are simply places you just can’t reach with a toothbrush and floss. So, regular dental exams with Dr. Leach are critical for early detection and prevention of gum disease.
Eating a nutritious diet, avoiding sugar, and avoiding all forms of tobacco will also help keep gums happy and healthy, and increase your chances of keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime.