Gum disease is a serious threat to the teeth and mouth? However, many people do not know much about how it develops or how to prevent it. Therefore to make sure that you are informed about gum disease and its effects on the mouth, your Arlington dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith, is responding to your most frequently asked questions.
What does gum disease look like?
Gum disease has many visual symptoms that you can recognize. However, the symptoms can vary based on how far the disease has progressed. Gingivitis, for instance, may make the gums look red and swollen, while periodontitis can cause pockets to develop between the teeth and the gums. A propensity of the gums to bleed is common of both.
What are the risks of gum disease?
Gum disease increases the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. In addition, periodontitis attacks vital structures that support teeth, and as these tissues and ligaments are damaged, teeth can loosen, causing them to shift and even fall out altogether. Large scale tooth loss is very common, which can lead to problems with jawbone density and even facial collapse.
How can I keep gum disease from developing?
To keep your mouth free of gum disease it is important that you develop good homecare habits. Brush your teeth 2-3 times per day and floss once a day. When brushing, angle your toothbrush toward the gum line to remove bacteria from this area. Also be sure to floss gently and carefully so that you can remove hidden bacteria from between your teeth. Finally, be sure that you keep up with your regular dental cleanings with your Arlington dentist, Dr. Smith. These cleanings are very important because they allow a professional to clean and examine your teeth and gums.
Schedule a Visit with Your Arlington Dentist
If you notice any of the symptoms gum disease, don’t ignore them. Quick intervention can protect your teeth and mouth. Contact our 75052 dental office today to schedule an appointment with your Arlington dentist, Dr. Smith, by calling 972-262-5111. We welcome patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.