Monday, January 7, 2013

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Part 27 Video

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Part 27 Video

Part 26

Part 25

What I think is the best oral irrigator and why

Biofilm Is Plaque

The 'biofilm' is just another term for plaque.  The bacteria build it themselves.  When it builds up sufficiently, they start to rapidly multiply.  This time may vary slightly, but most experts think 24 hours is about right.

That means, you need to disrupt that plaque at least once every 24 hours or it will achieve the environment that allows for rapid growth.  That would be the 'shielded from oxygen' state that anaerobic (oxygen shunning) bacteria love.

So, how do you know that you are doing a sufficient job of that?  You will want an objective measure.  That measure  is the periodontal pocket depths.  You should know what they are and if you do not, then you should ask your dentist to measure them for you.

They should be measured on every visit.   Generally speaking,  most doctors will say your gums are healthy if all of your pocket depths are 3mm and below.  If not, generally speaking, most doctors will say that your gums are not healthy.

Over time, a bad situation tends to get worse.  Pocket depths increase, more tissue destruction occurs and the teeth lose more support.  One day the tooth may become loose.  After that, it could fall out.

So the daily disruption of plaque is important.

Tooth Loss

Gum Disease Is the number one cause of it.  There is nothing else that comes close.

This is why I think it is important for people to know about this topic.  Some people are quick to say 'brush and floss'.  While those are helpful and should be continued, the reality is that there are plenty of people out there who brush and floss faithfully but they still end up with gum disease.

So, perhaps the perception that 'brushing and flossing' is all that you need, should come to an end.

Learn what you can now, in order to save money, time and pain later.


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