Gum disease poses serious dangers to your smile. But when should a patient see the dentist about possible gum troubles? In today’s blog, we’re looking at when our Albuquerque, NM, patients should schedule a visit and see us about treating periodontal disease.
The Warning Signs of Trouble
The most common indicators are changes to your smile’s appearance. You may notice redness, especially where the gums and teeth meet. Swelling is also frequently reported, as well as recession. Soreness and bleeding when brushing and flossing could also mean the presence of gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. If you experience any of these possible symptoms, then please see us as soon as possible.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, is reversible. However, gum disease is not. Once the disease forms, regular treatment is crucial for managing gum disease and preventing periodontitis. The advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis actually attacks the tissues that connect your teeth and gums, causing teeth to become loose and eventually lost. Having your gums problems diagnosed and treated is crucial for maintaining a whole and healthy smile.
Prevention and Treatment
In order to prevent inflammation, we suggest brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Even more vital, you should floss every night right before going to bed. Flossing removes the bits of food stuck between the teeth, preventing bacteria from breaking them down and leading to gum inflammation. Prevention also means seeing us every six months for a checkup to monitor your smile and a cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar, fighting inflammation in the process. If you have gingivitis or the early stages, we may suggest a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, to manage the issue.
Do You Have Gum Inflammation?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team want you to enjoy a healthier smile, one free of periodontal disease. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.