I think I might have gum disease. How can I tell?
Millions of Americans suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. Sometimes, patients do not even realize they have gum disease unless told by their dentists, but some common signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding or pain while brushing and flossing
- Bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
- Gum recession
- Swelling of the gums
No amount of blood is normal when you brush or floss your teeth, so if it persists for more than a day or two, it is important that we address the issue.
Gum disease occurs most often with poor home care and not having regular dental cleanings and exams; however, you can develop gum disease even if you have great home care because you may have an underlying medical condition or be predisposed because of your genetics.
That is why it is so important to make and keep your regular dental exams at a minimum of twice yearly. We can diagnose gum disease early, and in its early stages, it may be reversible.
We treat gum disease with a specialized dental cleaning called root planing and scaling. Our hygienist will gently sterilize your teeth above and below the gum line in order to eliminate your infection and promote healing.
Once you have had root planing and scaling, we will help you stay on track to good health with regular professional cleanings and exams.
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