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A comprehensive approach to oral health requires maintaining your gums in addition to your teeth. These tissues provide a crucial seal between your teeth and jawbone that prevents oral bacteria from entering and infecting your body. The connective role of your gums secures your teeth in place, but when you develop gum disease, this connection is threatened. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, so by taking time to care for your gums, you can prevent missing teeth.

At your Riverside, CA dental practice, we inspect the health of your gums at each of your routine checkups. When you visit our office regularly, we remove plaque that causes irritation and can detect any infections when they begin. Remember that gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease is potentially reversible. Therefore, do not skip any of your meetings less you risk a permanent gum infection.

Caring For Your Gums Daily

The effort you place on oral health at home is the number one way to prevent an infection of your gingival tissues. In between dental visits, make sure to brush and floss each day to remove plaque that gathers on the surface of your teeth. This same material that weakens your enamel can enter your gums and cause havoc there as well. By keeping up with your dental checkups, we can check for signs such as inflammation and bleeding that suggest a gum infection. When we make this discovery, we can place you on a periodontal maintenance schedule to keep the disease in check.

Periodontal Therapy

While reversible in its first stage, you will require ongoing periodontal therapy to control a gum infection once it reaches your jawbone. We will perform the same robust cleaning above your gum line to remove plaque and tartar deposits there, as well as perform a deep cleaning to access deposits below your gums. Deep cleaning removes deposits from the surface of your tooth roots and allows us to smooth them for your gum tissue to reattach. By removing these pockets of plaque, you reduce your disease symptoms and increase your chances of maintaining your teeth.

Speak With Your Riverside, CA Dentist About Maintaining The Health Of Your Gums

Prioritizing your gum health is vital to preventing tooth loss and maintaining the integrity of your jaw. If you suspect an infection, we can inspect your gums and provide ongoing therapy if needed. For more information and to schedule a visit, reach out to the dental office near you at the following:

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA, at (951) 776-9001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA, at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA, at (951) 697-6800.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA, at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA, at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA, at (951) 273-9580.