Every day of our lives we make choices. Twice a day we should choose to brush and floss our teeth. This is such an important decision; so important that if we choose not to, it can lead to disease.
There are pockets that are formed between our gums and our teeth that collect a build-up known as plaque. This plaque hardens and turns into tartar. When this process occurs the gums become infected, swollen and may cause bleeding and discomfort. This is the first stage of Periodontal Disease, known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated properly the gums begin to detach from the tooth making the pockets around the teeth deeper allowing more room for build-up.
As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place starts to recede eventually teeth may be lost. This process is non-reversible but it can be halted from further destruction but the damage of the supporting structures will remain.
Choosing to brush, floss and get regular professional cleanings will provide you with the life of a beautiful smile.
By Shilo Cary & Wendy Lemon