Signs You Have Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can strike when you least expect it…and it often strikes without warning.
Millions of people have gum disease and unfortunately many have no idea that they have this infection. If left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, causing tooth loss, bone damage and significant gum recession. Preventing gum disease is far easier than treating it, and our Bethesda, MD, family dentist Dr. John Kelly wants you to know what you should do to reduce your risk.
Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
The good news is that gum disease is preventable. Here are some habits to adopt to maintain healthy gums,
- Brush twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Visit your dentist every six months for checkups
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar and processed foods
- Quit smoking
If you want healthy teeth and gums you need to practice good oral hygiene. Some people find that they get a better clean with an electronic toothbrush; however, your technique matters more than the type of toothbrush you use. If you have questions about your brushing technique or about which toothbrush is right for you, our Bethesda, MD, dentist would be happy to provide some recommendations.
Of course, even brushing can’t remove plaque and food from between teeth and under the gumline—only flossing can do that. This is why everyone should floss once a day.
Signs of Gum Disease
Along with making sure that your teeth and gums are as clean as possible, routine dental checkups also ensure that our dental team catches problems right away before they cause serious damage. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can be reversed with immediate treatment. Since gum disease doesn’t usually cause symptoms during the beginning stages, these routine checkups are crucial, as our dental hygienists can pinpoint warning signs that you probably won’t notice.
It’s during the more advanced stages of gum disease that people start to notice symptoms. These symptoms include,
- Bleeding gums, often when brushing and flossing
- Sore, tender and inflamed gums
- Receding gums (teeth may suddenly appear longer)
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic and unexplained bad breath
When was the last time you got a routine dental checkup? Looking for a dentist in Bethesda, MD, that can provide gentle dental care for you and your family? If so, turn to the team at Bethesda Row Dental for everything from routine checkups to restorative dentistry. Call us today at (301) 657-3220.