Could your gums be trying to tell you that something is wrong?
Gum disease affects about half of American adults, says the CDC. This condition is also the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Providing your smile with the proper oral hygiene it requires day in and day out is paramount to keeping gums healthy. Of course, gum disease is known as the silent disease because symptoms don’t usually manifest right away. So, how can you tell that you have gum disease? You might not! This is why visiting our La Grange, IL, dentists Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo every six months for cleanings and checkups is so important for your oral health.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Again, symptoms don’t usually appear in the very beginning stages of gum disease so if you are noticing any of the symptoms below then it’s more likely that the gum disease is in a more advanced stage and will require an immediate assessment from our La Grange, IL, general dentists:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums, particularly when brushing or flossing
- Gums that are tender to the touch
- Receding gums (will make teeth appear longer than usual)
- Chronic bad breath
- Feeling as if your teeth don’t fit together when you bite
Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize that they have gum disease until it’s too late. This is why visiting your dentist every six months is often the only way to detect it during its earliest stages. If gum disease is discovered when it’s still only gingivitis it can be reversed.
Of course, even if the problem isn’t found until it’s already become full-blown periodontal disease, a simple non-surgical treatment known as scaling and root planing can often treat the problem and reduce your risk for tooth loss and other complications.
How do I prevent gum disease?
Your at-home oral care routine is paramount to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. There are simple things you should do every day to protect your gums from gum disease such as:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss daily
- Use a mouthwash
- Quit smoking
- Limit sugar
- Drink enough water
If you are noticing receding gums or other warning signs of gum disease, or if it’s just time to schedule your routine dental checkup, then it’s the perfect time to call our La Grange, IL, dental office to schedule an appointment.