Gum disease or periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease causes pockets in your gums harboring harmful bacteria, where brushing and flossing can’t reach. If left untreated, gum disease can lead tooth loss and has been linked to other serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, pre-term labor, some forms of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
Why is flossing important?
Flossing removes plaque from between teeth, where most cavities and gum disease begin. We recommend flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Do fillings wear out?
Fillings can last years, but they can eventually wear out under the daily stresses of chewing and grinding. When they do, fillings can start to leak around the edges, opening the door to decay and gum disease. At your preventive care appointment, we are always on the lookout for any signs and symptoms of trouble.
Can adults benefit from fluoride?
Yes. Fluoride is important in helping the fight against tooth decay and sensitivity.
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Stephen Ruchlin, DDS
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