Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing are due to gum disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that leads to inflammation of the gums. If left untreated this condition is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Before tooth loss happens to you, it’s important that you visit our Longwood, FL, dentist, Dr. Ilya Freyman, once you notice any of these warning signs:
- Sore, tender or painful gums
- Gums that are red and inflamed
- Gums that bleed easily
- Chronic bad breath
- Pain when chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums (teeth that appear longer)
- Loose teeth (in more advanced cases of gum disease)
In the very beginning stages, you may not even notice any symptoms of gum disease. Since this is fairly common, it’s so important that everyone continues to visit their Longwood, FL, general dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams.
Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, we will notice the subtlest changes in your gums. If caught early enough (when it's known as gingivitis) this condition can be completely treatable and reversed. This is why preventive dental care is crucial, no matter how healthy you think your smile might be.
If you just ignore these early symptoms then you may face more serious problems down the road. Remember, gum disease won’t just go away and it’s not curable. By coming in at the first sign of any changes we can create a treatment plan that will be able to manage your symptoms and prevent both tooth and bone loss.
How can you prevent gum disease?
There are many things that you can do to keep gums healthy and disease-free. Preventive dentistry is by far the best measure you can take. This means that you should be brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day (in the morning and at night) and flossing daily. Consider rinsing with a mouthwash that is specifically formulated for gingivitis.
Adopt a smile-healthy diet in which you avoid sugary foods and drinks and make sure you are getting the proper nutrients that will keep your teeth, gums, and bones healthy. And don’t forget to visit us every six months.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that are indicative of gum disease, you shouldn’t put off a trip to see our Longwood, FL, family dentist. Gum disease is easily manageable with the proper care. Call our office today!