The In’s, The Out’s, and the In Betweens
Did you know that only 50% of Americans floss their teeth every day? That means that the other 50% of Americans let bacteria fester and feast inside their gums and in between their teeth all night long!
Flossing is so important to the overall health of not just your mouth but your body as well. A common misconception amongst the general public is that brushing twice a day is enough. While brushing is extremely important, we’d like to shed some light on the importance of flossing.
When someone doesn’t floss their teeth on a regular basis, bacteria starts to develop underneath the gums. If the bacteria doesn’t get cleaned out, it can cause redness, swelling, bleeding, pain, and you could even start to develop a something called periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a gum disease but it is much more involved with other parts of the mouth as well as the gums. If you start to develop periodontal disease, it can be quickly treated if caught soon enough. If not caught early on, you could experience bad breath and bone loss, which in turn creates loose teeth or loss of teeth, and if it got bad enough it can cause other detrimental health problems not related to the mouth.
So, how do you treat periodontal disease you may ask? There are several ways to treat it. There are special mouth rinses that help eliminate bacteria. There is also an option for a deeper cleaning where the patient will be anesthetized and the hygienist will clean under the gums. Apex dental has some of the most highly trained and educated hygienists in Utah, and with that education, comes knowledge of how to use the dental laser.
The dental laser is an excellent benefit to the dental hygiene world! Using the laser disinfects areas where bacteria may have encroached. Not only does it disinfect, it also reduces bleeding, swelling, and likelihood of bacteria ever returning in that area, and it also increases healing times.
If you have any concerns about your dental health call today to schedule an appointment. Our staff would be thrilled to meet you and take care of your dental needs! 801-566-8833