Published on March 7, 2014
5 SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE DO YOU HAVE HEALTHY GUMS?
GUMS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS TEETH • It can be easy to forget about your gums when you’re so focused on having cavity-free, white teeth. Unfortunately, if you neglect brushing your gums and making sure they’re healthy, you can end up with unhealthy teeth. • How do you know if you have gum disease or if something’s wrong? Aside from going to the dentist, you can check your mouth for these five symptoms:
1. BLEEDING GUMS If you notice that your gums consistently bleed when you floss or brush your teeth, you probably have mild gum disease (gingivitis).
2. TENDER, SWOLLEN GUMS Swollen gums that hurt when you apply the smallest amount of pressure to them are another sign of gingivitis.
3. A RECEDING GUM LINE A receding gum line is a gap between the top edge of your teeth and the gum line. You’ll know if you have receding gum lines if you notice a painful sensation when hot or cold drinks touch the area where your gum line is receding.
4. PERSISTENT BAD BREATH We all get bad breath, but it becomes a problem when you can’t seem to get rid of it. If you still notice a stale smell even after brushing, chewing gum or rinsing with mouth wash, that’s not a good sign. It could be an indicator of gum disease.
5. LOOSE TEETH If you still have your baby teeth and are starting to notice loose teeth, you obviously shouldn’t be alarmed. It’s when you have permanent teeth that are starting to feel loose that you should seek dental treatment immediately.
HOW IS GUM DISEASE TREATED? • Dentists treat gingivitis through any number of the following procedures: • Root scaling and planing: Removing the plaque on your teeth above and below the gum line. • Gingivectomy: Removing the diseased gum tissue. • Extraction: Removing the loose teeth or teeth that are very decayed and damaged. • Flap surgery: Cleaning the teeth roots and fixing bone any bone damage.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN HEALTHY GUMS? Keeping your gums healthy is as simple as brushing them (while you brush your teeth) twice a day with a soft-bristle brush, flossing once a day and visiting a dentist every six months.
VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY Going to your dentist on a regular basis is the best measure of preventive care. Don’t assume that by neglecting your dental problems they’ll go away. Set up an appointment today by visiting mcbridefamilydental.com or calling 303-466-2221.
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