Gum Disease? Why you Need to See us More Often!
There are plenty of reasons why you should keep your regularly scheduled dentist appointment. Keeping your teeth clean can also keep your body from getting sick. There are direct links to keeping a healthy mouth and staying sickness free, but without the proper care and cleanings that your dentist can only give you, your teeth may be worse off than you thought. Gum disease is very common in aging people and those who only see the dentist when a problem arises. This should not be the case.
What Exactly is Gum Disease?
Many people will question whether or not they have gum disease just by experiencing a burning sensation or seeing their gums inflamed. Although these can be signs of gum disease, it does not mean that the patient has it. There are several stages of gum disease, and how it starts.
First Stage: Gingivitis
Second Stage: Periodontitis
Third Stage: Advanced Periodontitis
What are the Signs of Gum Disease?
It doesn’t matter what age you are, you are still at risk for gum disease. Although, the older you become, the higher that risk goes. Treatment for gum disease can be reversed if caught within the first stage, or early stages. The following is found with people who have gum disease:
A Shift in your bite, or change in the way it feels when you bite down on foods
The gums are swollen, puffy, tender, or are bright red
Teeth may look larger, or longer, due to the gums pulling away from the tooth
Your gums may bleed whenever you floss or brush them
There are pockets between the teeth and gums, where they have pulled away from the tooth
Bad tastes may be present in the mouth and bad breath is always there
Pus pockets release pus from between the gums and teeth
All of these signs should be determined by a dentist to clarify whether or not the patient has gum disease. The dentist will be able to set up proper dental care for your situation. It is very important to keep brushing at least twice a day. Flossing is great for on the go or during lunch when you cannot make it home to brush. Be sure to let your dentist know any changes that you’ve had in your routine if you have felt any discomfort within the gums or from flossing, brushing, or rinsing.
If you or a loved one is experiencing these signs of gum disease at home, such as the bleeding while brushing and flossing, or any other dental concerns, contact our offices today at (907) 333-5522.