As a threat to teeth, gums, and even the bones supporting them, Periodontal (Gum) Disease is notably evident in individuals that forego visiting the dentist. However, it may also develop in those with poor brushing and flossing habits, resulting in plaque hardening into tartar. While the best way to know if you have periodontal disease is to visit your dentist, there are early signs and symptoms to be aware of. Most dental professionals note that if patients pay attention to early indications of periodontal disease, it can be reversed.
As the first stage of periodontal disease, Gingivitis consists of the following:
- Red, swollen gums that are soft and puffy (healthy gums are pink and firm)
- Bleeding gums (during brushing or flossing)
- Bad breath
- Tooth and gum sensitivity
- Appearance of white, cake-like substance on teeth (heavy tartar buildup)
For those experiencing the above symptoms, visiting the dentist is the best thing that you can do. Yet, in the meantime, it’s important to step up your oral hygiene at home. You may begin by using antibacterial toothpaste to help fight plaque. Next, consider your brushing technique. For instance, make sure that you brush for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Pay special attention to the gum line, gently massaging and sweeping down, away from the gum tissue. Finally, don’t forget to floss!
What Will My Dentist Do?
Advancements in dentistry have awarded dental professionals with a variety of options for treating and reversing gum disease. At your appointment, your dentist will begin by checking for decay and early signs of periodontal disease that you may not be aware of. Depending on the level of decay or infection, the dentist may perform a deep cleaning, or scaling treatment. This removes rough spots on teeth where bacteria have settled. The pockets of the gum tissues next to teeth will also be examined and cleaned.
Gentle, Patient-Centered Dentistry
If it’s been some time since you’ve visited the dentist, Dr. Leia Porcaro wants you to know–you’ll feel at ease with the gentle, patient-centered dentistry you’ll receive at Grateful Dental. While our focus is on preventative dental care, we are able to treat Periodontal Disease at any stage. We invite you to call us today, and begin your journey to better oral health.