Simple Concerns of Teeth and Gums
Oral health is one of those things many people don’t give as much priority to as with medical conditions. There will be times when dental issues have gone far advanced when they could have been prevented or reversed or attended to sooner. Simply put, oral health is all about care for teeth and gums. Additionally, it helps to know the ‘enemies’ of our oral structures and what makes our teeth and gums vulnerable.
Taking excellent care of your teeth can make them last for a long time. There are people who can keep most of their natural teeth for much of their lifetime with some occasional issues of tooth decay and tooth loss. However, we subject our teeth everyday to continual forces and stresses of eating, drinking, speaking and breathing, among others, that lead to wear and tear of these otherwise hard and durable structures.
The types of food and beverages we consume are also causing issues with our teeth. Consumables that are rich in sugar and starch tend to stick and hide in our teeth and gums. As bacteria feeds on them, they can build-up and harden leading to plaque and tartar that weaken the enamel. Cavities can form on tooth surfaces and burrow into the deeper layers. If unchecked, this decay can destroy part of or the entire tooth and even its neighbor. This is not to mention that tooth decay can also impact gum health.
On the other hand, another concern is gum disease, a highly common issue in oral health that starts as simple gingivitis. Gums swell, become puffy, or change in color; sometimes they also hurt. Most times, gingivitis does not hurt and that is why most are not aware they have it. It usually is due to poor oral hygiene. Plaque builds up at the necks of the teeth, along or under the gumline, hardens and over time, causes inflammation of the gums. If gingivitis goes on uncheck it can lead to its more serious form – periodontitis – where pockets form as gums pull away from the tooth, exposing the root. Eventually, it can destroy gum tissue including the underlying bone. Tooth loss can occur in these cases.
Hence, to help our teeth and gums serve their purpose proper care is essential. Good oral hygiene is the cornerstone of healthy teeth and gums. Simply put, at least twice daily tooth brushing with fluoride and daily flossing keep tooth decay and gingivitis at bay. This should also be accompanied by a well-balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle, and regular dentist visits. All these account for oral well-being.
Healthy Teeth and Gums in Downtown Seattle
Want to know more about what else you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Then visit us at Smile Art and see Dr. Jaime Lee in Downtown Seattle.