Don’t let gum disease surprise you. Be on the lookout for these signs.
Finding out you have gum disease can be extremely disappointing, not to mention stressful. Our Arlington, VA, family dentist Dr. Mary Gregory can help you if you are dealing with this condition. Fortunately, this condition is something that you can prevent just by providing your teeth and gums with the proper care. Of course, it’s always a good idea to be on the lookout for these dental signs that could be trying to tell you that you have gum disease:
- Swollen, red gums
- Gums that are tender to the touch
- Gums that bleed (you may notice that this happens most often when flossing)
- Gums that pull away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
In the very beginning stages of gum disease (known as gingivitis), it is very common for symptoms to be milder. In fact, many people don’t even notice that there is anything to be concerned about. Fortunately, coming in to see our Arlington, VA, dentist for regular checkups could mean the difference between reversing gingivitis and needing treatment to treat more advanced forms of gum disease. Keep up with your regular dental cleanings to ensure that your smile stays healthy.
Also, do not ignore these symptoms if they do arise. Having red, bleeding and swollen gums is not normal. Take this as a warning that it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call. A simple physical exam can help us determine whether gum disease is the culprit.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Prevention is key when it comes to your health. Putting in the effort now to keep your smile healthy will bode well for you in the future. Here are the simple ways you can prevent gum disease:
- Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day for about 2-3 minutes. Brushing your teeth after breakfast and again before bed are the standard times to brush your teeth.
- You should be flossing your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque buildup from between teeth. Plaque can very quickly turn to tartar if you don’t floss and we all know that tartar can irritate gums and lead to gum disease. Flossing is a major component to a healthy smile.
- Eat foods that provide the vital nutrients your teeth and gums need to stay healthy and avoid foods that are processed or contain added sugar.
Whether you have questions about managing your preexisting gum disease or you need to schedule your routine checkup, call our Arlington, VA, dentist Dr. Gregory whenever you need her. She is happy to provide you with the care your smile needs.