Gum disease is a dangerous condition that can cause you to lose your teeth. It’s also directly linked with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and even premature labor. Knowing what the earliest signs of gum disease are allow you to reverse the infection before it becomes too advanced. Here are a few things to look for:
Healthy gum tissues should never bleed. Even if you’re brushing and flossing along the gumlines, bleeding is a sign that some type of infection is present. Daily flossing and brushing the gums will reverse early gingivitis within two weeks.
The bacteria that cause gum disease can also cause bad breath. Covering the odor up with mouth rinse isn’t enough – most of these bacteria are deep under the gumlines where brushing or flossing may not reach. Ask your dentist about getting a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar that harbors these bacteria.
If your teeth are starting to become loose or experience gum recession, it means you’re loosing the support that secures your teeth in place. Seek dental care immediately!
It’s normally to experience some minor tartar buildup between your dental cleanings, but if it’s covering even as little as 1/4 of your tooth surface it isn’t innocent. Tartar holds bacteria that cause gums to detach from the teeth. To keep buildup limited, have your teeth cleaned every 6 months.
Your dentist can help you create a care plan to eliminate gum disease. This plan will usually involve a deep cleaning and the need to thoroughly floss every day. Ask your dentist about having a periodontal screening to check for gum disease during your next visit.
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