How Healthy Are Your Gums?
A Healthy Smile Begins With The Gums
Although most people are concerned about the appearance of their pearly whites, they pay little attention to their gums. Gum health, however, is crucial to maintaining disease-free, long-lasting teeth.
Periodontal disease, which affect the gums, range from simple gum inflammation to conditions that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth — and even tooth loss, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Plaque, which forms from bacteria and food particles, sticks to the teeth and can convert into a harder substance called tartar over time. Only professional cleaning can remove tartar buildup. To prevent and treat gum disease, be sure to brush and floss every day, removing all the plaque before it builds up.
The early stages of gum disease rarely cause pain, but as it progresses, minor problems can lead to more serious issues like gum abscesses. The longer patients go without treatment, the more complicated the process becomes.
Signs of gum disease include:
- blood on toothbrush after brushing
- bleeding gums
- receding gum line
- bad breath
- loose teeth
- shifting teeth
If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, see a dentist immediately. Dentists are trained to conduct thorough examinations of the mouth, teeth and gums, measuring the space between the tooth gum around each tooth to see if there are any signs of periodontal disease. X-rays also can be used to determine the amount of bone that is lost.
Our process for treating gum disease starts with an examination and cleaning, which removes all the plaque and tartar from the teeth. Our team will show you proper techniques for successfully cleaning the teeth and gums to prevent further damage. Multiple sessions may be required to get your mouth healthy again.
Schedule an exam to diagnose the cause of your gum problems. Treatment, cleaning and regular maintenance should get your smile back on track.