Keeping Your Whole Smile Healthy: Periodontal Care Basics

Periodontal CareWhile most people know how important it is to maintain healthy teeth by brushing, flossing, and undergoing regular professional cleaning, you may not realize that your gums require attentive care as well. At Ted French, DDS we can provide you with expert periodontal care and advice to help keep your whole smile looking and feeling its best.

Preventing Gum Disease

Your teeth are nourished and protected by your gums, which means that issues that affect your gums can eventually lead to problems with your teeth themselves. Proper periodontal care is focused on keeping the gums clean through regular brushing as well as preventing the buildup of tartar or debris between the teeth and the gums. Such buildup can cause the sensitive tissue to become inflamed or infected. Left untreated, plaque may begin to extend below the gum line, where toxins produced by bacteria in plaque can lead to a chronic inflammatory response that indicates the onset of periodontitis: gums begin to separate from the teeth and the bone and tissues that support the teeth begin to deteriorate.

Keep Your Cleaning Appointments

As with general tooth care, regular brushing and flossing at home are essential for maintaining the health of your gums. However, you should keep in mind that some of the most problematic tartar buildup cannot be removed by simple brushing. Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is the best way to prevent the buildup of plaque. Let our knowledgeable Arlington dentistry staff at Ted French, DDS see to your complete dental and periodontal care. Call us today to make your next appointment: (817) 461-2843.

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