Did you know gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults?
When gum disease is left untreated, it can result in complex dental issues such as shifting teeth, periodontal pockets, and tooth loss. To combat this, most dentists recommend patients visit the dentist at least twice a year for a gum disease screening.
The Signs of Gum Disease
The signs of gum disease can vary from patient to patient. This is why it is important to visit the dentist regularly for your biannual exam and dental cleaning. During your examine, your dentist can check your teeth and gums for signs of gum disease and other complex dental problems. With the results of your examination, your dentist can recommend a treatment plan that can help restore health and balance to your smile.
Common Signs of Gum Disease:
- Bad breath
- Shifting teeth
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Change in the fit of your dentures
How To Prevent Gum Disease
Taking a proactive approach to your dental health can help reduce your risk of complex dental problems in the future.
Practice an excellent oral hygiene routine
Brushing and flossing your teeth can help reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Visit the dentist regularly
Patients should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental exam and professional dental cleaning. During your dental cleaning, a hygienist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Once your cleaning is complete, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to check for any signs of complex dental problems.
Smoking and tobacco use can affect the rate your gums heal after they have been infected. Try finding ways to quit by talking with a health professional.
Schedule A Gum Disease Screening
Have you visited the dentist recently? If not, you may want to schedule a preventive care exam and gum disease screening at Design Dental in North Liberty, IA. To schedule an appointment, call (319) 284-4361 or request an appointment online.