MAINTAINING HEALTHY GUMS
DENTAL HYGIENE SESSION
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. It is one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults and because it is practically painless, most sufferers are unaware that they have the disease. When you go for checkups, your dentist will measure the space between your teeth and gums to check for signs of periodontal disease.
What causes gum disease?
The primary cause of is a build-up of plaque (a sticky form of bacteria that grows on the teeth). Plaque left to grow will produce toxins that can damage the gums, so you need to remove it through constant flossing, brushing, and regular dental check-ups. Periodontal disease usually forms right under the gum line and produces little pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. It progresses in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snugly around teeth. Signs and symptoms of gum disease can include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red, dusky red or purplish gums
- Gums that feel tender when touched
- Gums that bleed easily
- Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Painful chewing
WHEN TO SEE A DENTIST
You should visit your dentist on a regular basis for check-ups. However, if you develop any of the symptoms of described, you should book an appointment with your dentist.
Our team at Queens Medical Center are well equipped to treat gum disease and will build a custom treatment plan to help get your gums back to a healthy state.
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