Taking control of your gum health and improve your dental health and overall wellness. When patients neglect their gum health, they may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that is caused by plaque build-up.
Sign of Gum Disease
Being aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease may help you get the treatment you need to improve your dental health. It is important to note the signs of gum disease vary from patient to patient.
In some cases, a patient may not show any signs of gum disease, which is why it is vital to visit the dentist regularly. A trained dentist can spot any early warning signs of gum disease during your routine dental exam.
Common Signs of Gum Disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red gums
- Swollen, tender gums
- Change in the fit of your dentures
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- Periodontal pockets
- Receding Gums
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Preventative dental care can help reduce your risk of certain types of complex dental problems including gum disease.
Develop and maintain a good oral hygiene routine
Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Practicing daily oral hygiene helps remove plaque build-up and debris from the mouth.
Visit the dentist regularly
Most dentists recommend patients visit their office biannually for a routine dental exam and cleaning. This visit is often referred to as your preventive care visit. During the preventive visit, your dentist can examine the teeth, mouth, and gums for any dental issues and determine if any treatment is needed.
Smoking and tobacco use is proven to hinder the body’s ability to heal as well as weaken the immune system. Both functions are necessary for patients to fight off gum disease. Speak with your dentist and doctor about safe and effective ways to quit smoking.
When to Visit the Dentist
If you notice any changes in your dental health, be sure to visit Dr. Leah Butler of Strongsville, OH. Dr. Butler and our dental care team are committed to helping you achieve better gum health and a healthier smile.
To schedule an appointment, contact us today!