You know the importance of brushing, flossing, and dental exams, but if you aren't diligently practicing oral hygiene you could be susceptible to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
Your oral health is key to your whole body wellness, so it is important to be mindful of the signs of gum disease and seek treatment if necessary. Dentist Vahid Varasteh of Aesthetic Dentistry in North Reading, MA, can help you recognize the early indicators of gum disease so you can take charge of your dental health.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease develops when the bacteria in plaque starts to build up around your teeth and gums. Left untreated, this can potentially result in receding gums, tooth loss, or increase your risk of heart disease and other ailments.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Indicators of gum disease include chronic bad breath, red, swollen, or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth or gums, loose teeth, and receding gums. You may find brushing and chewing to be painful or experience bleeding when flossing and brushing.
How can I prevent gum disease?
To keep harmful bacteria from harming your teeth and gums, make sure to brush thoroughly at least twice a day, and floss to loosen and remove any food particles trapped between your teeth. Follow up by rinsing your mouth with water or mouth wash to flush away any debris.
Help prevent the development of plaque by minimizing your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. If you are a smoker quitting will protect your mouth, teeth, and gums. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams.
How can my dentist treat my gum disease?
At our North Reading, MA, office your dentist will look for signs of gum disease by examining your gum tissue and possibly taking x-rays to see if you have experienced related bone loss. If your gum disease is mild, your dentist will scrape away any tough plaque and perform a deep cleaning to prevent further spread and damage. In severe cases, you may require gum grafting, dental implants, crown lengthening surgery, or other forms of treatment.
Keep your teeth and gums healthy with dental care from dentist Vahid Varasteh. Call Aesthetic Dentistry in North Reading, MA, at 978-664-5901.