How your dentists in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA can help
Sometimes it’s hard to know if you have gum disease. Gum disease can sneak up on you with little or no symptoms. Chances are if you brush and floss regularly, you are doing what you can to prevent gum disease, but not everyone has great oral hygiene. It’s important to know what to look for if you think you might have gum disease. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA want to share with you some of the common signs and symptoms of gum disease.
You should be on the look out for:
- Bleeding when you brush, floss or eat
- Red, swollen and puffy gums
- Pain when you brush, floss or eat
- Bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
The good news is gum disease is totally reversible because just your soft tissue is infected and not the bone supporting your teeth, as is the case with periodontal disease. In order to reverse gum disease, you must practice excellent oral hygiene, including:
- Brushing after each meal and before you go to sleep
- Flossing at least once a day, preferably more
- Visiting your dentists in Marietta at least every 6 months for cleanings, and yearly for a full dental exam and x-rays
Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is inflammation of your gum tissue. The plaque on your teeth contains millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins that can destroy the hard and soft tissue of your mouth, including your gums and the bone around your teeth. By brushing, flossing and having regular professional cleanings, you can rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and plaque before gum disease can happen.
If your gum disease goes untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease involving the bone supporting your teeth. Your teeth can become loose, and you could lose them! At the very least, once you have periodontal disease, your mouth becomes very difficult for you to keep clean. Periodontal disease progresses, and the treatment you need becomes more intensive.
If you think you might have gum disease it's time to seek our help. We offer a full range of services to protect the health of your gums and your teeth. We want to partner with you to protect your smile. Call your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA today and get some help for your smile!