Signs You Have Gum Disease & What To Do About It
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing, however, a more severe form of gum disease is called periodontitis, and is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth, and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Here are some warning signs to watch out for: 1. Gums that bleed easily 2. Red, swollen, tender gums 3. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth 4. Persistent bad breath or bad taste 5. Permanent teeth that are loose or separating 6. Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite 7. Any change in the fit of partial dentures
It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.
At Bona Dental Clinic, we recommend you brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Contact us today for your next appointment.
~ the team at Bona Dental Clinic