Gum disease scientifically known as gingivitis when acute and can progress to a more severe form known as periodontitis. It is an infection in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. If left untreated, the gums will bleed, become puffy, and eventually will not hold onto to the tooth anymore pushing the tooth to fall out. To prevent periodontitis, following a proper oral hygiene daily that includes brushing and flossing is the best method to keep your gums and your child's gums away from the disease. Some patients are more prone to accumulating bacteria.
For those patients, utilizing a waterpik along with daily flossing and brushing is recommended. To ensure you and your family do not have to worry about gum disease, contact NexGen Dentistry in National City, CA for your bi-annual check-ups.