You are likely to develop gum disease at some point, based on statistics. Untreated periodontal problems also make you more likely to lose teeth and to develop heart disease.
So we are sharing three things you should know in honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month.
1. Brushing Isn’t Enough
You probably brush your teeth daily (hopefully, twice per day). While that can be an effective way to remove plaque from much of your teeth, your toothbrush is not a good tool for cleaning between your teeth and gums. To get those hard-to-reach places, you need to use dental floss, a flosser, or a water flosser once per day.
2. Learn Signs of Gum Infections
Would you know if you had gum disease? It’s important to recognize the signs of trouble:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red gums
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
- Loose teeth
3. Seek Treatment ASAP
If you do notice signs of a possible periodontal infection, you should contact us about gum disease treatment as soon as you can. We would prefer to prevent problems, but we are prepared to act to restore your healthy gums.