Gum disease is a serious oral health problem. It’s the most common cause of tooth loss among adults in the US, and it’s been linked to many dangerous health problems, like Alzheimer’s disease.

If you listen to mouthwash commercials, it seems that controlling gum disease is as simple as killing bacteria, but that’s not all there is to it. It takes more than just killing oral bacteria to really control gum disease.

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Killing Oral Bacteria Is Important

We want to make it clear: we’re not saying that it’s not important to kill oral bacteria. Oral bacteria are a key part of the gum disease process, and having an abundance of oral bacteria is bad for your health. These bacteria can spread through the body, causing widespread infection and contributing to systemic problems.

Taking steps to kill oral bacteria is an important part of getting your gum disease under control.

Deep Cleaning

Another part of the solution is removing the deposits left by gum disease. These hardened mineral deposits are called tartar, and they’re essentially fossilized oral bacteria. They irritate your gums and provide shelter for more bacteria.

If these aren’t removed, oral bacteria populations can bounce back quickly, and you won’t be able to kill them fast enough without destroying the healthy bacteria you want to keep.

Follow up professional cleanings with good oral hygiene at home, including flossing.

Diet and Overall Health

Your diet also contributes to developing gum disease. Your mouth is full of different kinds of bacteria that feed on different types of food. Bacteria responsible for tooth decay, and, to a lesser extent, those that cause gum disease, like sugar, especially refined sugar. The more refined sugar you eat, the higher your risk of gum disease. Try to cut down on foods with added sugars to help keep gum disease under control. Some sweeteners, like xylitol, might actually help control your gum disease.

Repairing Damage

You can also combat gum disease by repairing the prior damage. This is especially true of the damage done to your bones and tooth roots, where bacteria create pockets to shelter in. Smoothing these pockets can make it harder for oral bacteria to build up, and make it easier for your gums to reattach.

However, if you have experienced receding gums from gum disease, you might want to take a step further and rejuvenate your gums. This can not only restore a youthful, healthy appearance to your smile, it can protect vulnerable cementum from damage.

Looking to Restore Your Gums?

If your gums have been badly damaged by gum disease, causing recession, and you want to restore them to a youthful, healthy position, we can help with gum rejuvenation. Please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with an Orange County cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.