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Periodontal Maintenance and Care


 Diagram depicting stages of periodontal disease. When the support of your teeth is damaged by infections of the gums, this is called periodontal disease. The main reason gum infections occur is due to the dental plaque that accumulates on the teeth. When plaque hardens it forms a hard substance called tartar. The development of this brings about gum disease. It is important to floss and brush your teeth daily to ensure that you steer clear of plaque build up in the mouth, and so that you can maintain the health of your gums. Our dentists here at Forest Grove Dental Studio offer periodontal maintenance and care to help treat your gums.

The Importance of Oral hygiene


The brushing and flossing of teeth is a technique that must be done daily; this is because it helps in the prevention of cavities and periodontal gum disease. Decaying of the teeth and having periodontal disease occurs because there is an accumulation of dental plaque on the teeth and the area below the gum line. When you make it a habit of flossing and brushing there will be less occurrence of gum disease, since flossing and brushing washes away food particles. Periodontal disease is mainly caused by the bacteria in the mouth that combines with the food particles left there. These form plaque which is a colorless sticky film forming on the teeth.

Periodontal disease


Bacteria contained in plaque create toxins or acids that aggravate the gums, which might also cause them to become red, and swell and bleed readily. If this irritation is continued, the gums detach from the teeth, leading to the development of pockets in the gums. As periodontal disorders advance, the surrounding gum tissue and bone that keeps teeth in place erode. If left untreated, this leads to dental decay that finally makes the tooth become loose and can even fall out.

Gum disease prevention


Dental exams are one way to prevent having periodontal disease. The dentist can conduct examinations, which helps to catch and determine any oral health problems early on. During a dental exam, the dentist will ensure that they check for several issues such as oral cancer, through doing a visual and physical head and neck exam. The dentist will also look at the teeth and if they have plaque and tartar. The dentist will also clean your teeth during your exam. You need to maintain regular flossing and brushing of the teeth. Ensure that you floss daily and brush at least twice daily. This is a method and routine that takes care of the gums and teeth.

Things to avoid


To ensure that your gums are healthy, you need to avoid some activities, like smoking. Smoking causes the teeth to discolor and weaken. If you have bruxism, that is grinding of the teeth, that can make the gums weak. Gums can be affected by poor nutrition, where the teeth and gums do not get enough nutrients.

Our team at Forest Grove Dental Studio offers a well-planned way to take care of the gums and prevent periodontal gum disease through regular periodontal maintenance appointments. Do not hesitate to book an appointment by calling us at (971) 397-6361 and we will set you up with periodontal maintenance and care appointments. The dentist will advise you on the best diet to take care of the gums and avoid periodontal gum disease.


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