As the most frequent cause of adult tooth loss, gum disease can become one of the biggest threats to your smile if not prevented or controlled properly. That’s why your hygienist carefully cleans your gum line as well as your teeth during your dental cleanings and advises you to do the same when brushing and flossing them at home. However, there are some issues related to the health and integrity of your teeth that can directly impact your risks of gum disease, as well. Today, we examine a few of these issues, and how patients in North Hollywood, CA, can mitigate gum disease risks by addressing them.
Effectively cleaning your teeth and gums requires routinely cleaning away the harmful oral bacteria and food particles that cling to them. When your teeth are not aligned properly, your toothbrush and floss are less effective at removing bacteria and debris. This makes it harder to remove them at home and increases the chances that they can lead to gum disease before your next dental checkup and cleaning appointment. Fortunately, you may be able to correct your tooth misalignment comfortably and discreetly with custom-designed Invisalign® aligners.
When you lose one or more teeth, there are several different but equally dramatic effects on your oral health. For instance, your remaining teeth lose some support and can shift out of alignment, making your bite less able to function comfortably. Tooth loss can also create areas where oral bacteria can accumulate far out of reach of your toothbrush and floss, dramatically raising your risk of severe gum disease and further tooth loss. To reduce those risks, your dentist may likely recommend replacing your lost teeth with highly lifelike dental implants.
Lower Your Gum Disease Risks with Personalized Care
In many cases, the health and alignment of your teeth can have a significant impact on your overall risk of developing gum disease. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.