Do You Suffer From Gum Disease?
When was the last time you had an oral hygiene examination? If it has been longer than six months, then you are due for a visit. These appointments are important because we look for problem areas in your mouth. One common condition that we look for is gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a common condition that affects the gums surrounding the teeth. It consists of a serious gum infection and inflammation caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is an extremely common condition that affects more than half of American adults. One of the reasons we are so serious about routine dental care is because gum disease often remains undetected. There are not many warning signs that would indicate you have a problem with your oral health. There is typically no discomfort in the early stages of the disease, and for many patients, detection comes only once the disease is already quite advanced. It is important to routinely check your teeth and gums for anything that may seem unusual. Signs that may indicate gum disease include:
- Swollen or irritated gums
- Gums that are excessively red
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
- Unexplained bad breath
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
- Loose or sensitive teeth
Main Cause of Gum Disease
The main cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. When patients are not thoroughly brushing and flossing their teeth, it allows bacteria to accumulate along the gumline, leading to a problem. Patients should be brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
If you are in Mooresville, NC or the surrounding area and are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you have not visited our office within the past 6 months for a hygiene examination, call to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon!