In the early stages of gum disease, interventions are mild and highly successful. Usually, a thorough deep cleaning of the teeth and gums will stop gingivitis. Sometimes a special mouthwash or toothpaste may be prescribed to help the healing process.
Addressing gum disease early with general dentistry is essential for good oral health. It also prevents the disease from causing extensive damage to your gums and teeth. Left untreated, gum disease will eventually lead to the loss of teeth. It has also been linked to several major health issues. Staying healthy and keeping your gums healthy to prevent gum disease is always the best course of action.
Early symptoms of gum disease can be puffy and bright pink or red gums. There may be bleeding when you brush or floss. Your breath may smell bad and some people experience pain when they chew. If you notice your gums are receding, have them examined as this can also be an indication of gum disease.
One of the main causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. At Lane Family Dental, we ensure that every patient is aware of the proper care of teeth and gums. We provide you with information so you can be sure you know how to brush and floss properly. These two activities will help prevent gum disease. However, there are other risk factors that contribute to gum disease.
Those who smoke are more likely to get gum disease. Certain medications and illnesses, such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases, can make you more susceptible. Changes in hormonal levels in women and girls can cause the gums to be more sensitive, leaving them vulnerable. Genetics can also be a factor in a person’s predisposition toward gum disease.
If you suspect you may have gum disease, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lane.Schedule an appointment