Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy smile. Just as your teeth need routine care to prevent decay, your gums need regular care to prevent gum disease.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, we will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.
Depending on the progression of the disease, symptoms of gum disease may include the following:
Swollen and sore gums
Red or inflamed gums
Gums that bleed easily
Gums that recede from the teeth
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
Clenching and grinding teeth
Early detection is the key to preventing gum disease and the complex dental problems that can arise if it progresses. In addition to routine dental care, daily tooth brushing and flossing are key to reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth, which promotes the development of gum disease.
Call us today at (210) 971-8989 to schedule a visit to ensure your guns stay healthy for a lifetime!