A regular routine of visiting of dental cleanings and checkups does more than just the prevention of cavities. It’s one of the best ways to help prevent gum disease and tooth loss, too. Periodontal (gum) disease is preventable with the right oral hygiene practices in place.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissue responsible for supporting your teeth. When plaque isn’t removed properly from the gumlines, bacteria can spread deep under tissues and calcify into tartar buildup. Unremoved buildup can cause your gums to recede and pull away from the teeth. Left untreated, teeth will become mobile and eventually fall out. Some common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- “Long” teeth or receding gums
- Tartar buildup
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease can easily be prevented with a few simple steps.
At home, be sure to brush and floss regularly. Brushing twice a day will prevent plaque from building up on the teeth and calcifying into the harder substance we call “tartar.” Flossing once a day is important as well because it cleans between the teeth and under the gums where brushing doesn’t reach.
See your dentist or hygienist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. With their professional care, you can greatly reduce the risk of developing gum disease or reverse gingivitis before it gets any worse. Plus, they will be able to keep an eye on any areas of concern.
If you’re experiencing any gum disease symptoms or it has been longer than six months since your last cleaning, call Prime Dental Care today.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540