Most people have some form of gum disease.
The problem comes from plaque build-up.
The anaerobic bacteria that cause gum disease live in the plaque.
The plaque must be removed daily to prevent the proliferation of these anaerobic bacteria.
Plaque begins to reform as soon as it is removed and can be detected as soon as 30 minutes later.
Regular brushing and flossing can help to remove this plaque. You should brush and floss daily.
In my opinion, regular brushing and flossing are necessary and helpful to control gum disease. However, you really need to have regular professional cleanings done at the dentist’s office to get the areas that we routinely miss or can’t reach in our home care.
Six month cleanings are really not frequent enough for gum health maintenance.
You should have cleanings every 3 months.
There was a study done in Europe that indicates 2 month cleaning intervals are ideal.
I have recently moved to the 2 month maintenance to help insure the health of my gums.
There is no reason for gum disease to progress or get out of control.
Unfortunately, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and according to multiple studies, it probably has a lot to do with heart disease and other bodily diseases.
In case you were not aware, heart disease has now surpassed cancer as the number one cause of death in America.
Take care of your gum tissue and it may help you to live a longer and more prosperous life.
* if you have or think you have gum disease, visit your dentist for diagnosis and treatment.