The Importance of Healthy Gums
Your gums act as a seal around the roots of your teeth and provide a barrier against bacteria. When the health of your gums is in jeopardy, your teeth can become vulnerable to infection. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gums that results from poor hygiene. Poor gum health can also lead to a host of problems that extend beyond your mouth. Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes can all result from untreated oral problems.
When food and debris are left in your mouth, the naturally occurring bacteria are free to feed and grow to an unhealthy degree. Without proper oral care like brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals, bacteria can form a sticky film called plaque on the surface of your teeth. Left untreated, plaque will harden into a calcified tartar which can only be removed with special dental tools.
Over time, plaque and tartar can eat through the enamel of your teeth and damage the soft tissue of the gums. This can cause a receding gumline, cavities, and even tooth decay which, if left untreated, can lead to infection, tooth loss, and other health problems. At Smile Creator of Bingham Farms, our dedicated team is trained to gently clean away bacteria from your teeth and gums and effectively treat the symptoms of periodontal disease.