Recognizing and Treating Gum Disease

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Healthy gums are a key component to good health. This includes your oral health and your overall health. For that reason, you need to be aware of the symptoms of gum disease, and to take the necessary steps to prevent it.

In many cases, gum disease is painless in the early stages. However, some symptoms include gums that bleed when you brush and floss, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, pain when you chew food, and receding gums. If gum disease is left untreated, you can face lost teeth, a deteriorating jaw, and a host of other medical complications. Gum disease can cause issues for people who have diabetes, and it may have links heart disease

Gum disease can be caused by a number of things, but the most common cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth. As the plaque increases, your gums respond by swelling. This allows plaque and tartar to find their way below the gumline, which in turn allows infection to enter your gums and subsequently, your body.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is first and best line of defense against gum disease. You should brush at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Seeing your dentist every six months for a cleaning and an exam will also keep gum disease at bay. Your dentist may prescribe a change in lifestyle or in your oral hygiene habits. There are medications and procedures that can combat the effects of gum disease

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, are just concerned about the overall health of your mouth and teeth, our dentist, Dr. Clell M. Morris a Forsyth Dental Center in Forsyth, Georgia will be happy to see you. You can reach our office at 478-994-0440 . Call today to schedule an appointment, and let’s get you started on the road to great oral health!