If you like having teeth, then you need to give your gums some love.
Many people don’t realize that gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss in the United States. To keep your smile looking its best, our team in Huntsville, AL is prepared to help you prevent infections and to treat periodontal problems you may already have.
As a refresher, we’ll go over the things you can do to keep your gums healthy. We also will give you a list of symptoms, so you’ll know when to visit us for help.
To make an appointment, call 256-801-0002 to schedule a visit with Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Whenever possible, it’s best to stop periodontal disease before it harms your gums.
You do by having a consistent oral care routine. This should include brushing and flossing at home and professional dental cleanings and exams a couple of times per year.
The bacteria that cause gum infections (and tooth decay) are already in your mouth. Brushing and flossing help to keep them under control. When your brush (twice daily, two minutes at a time), you are removing bacteria and plaque buildup from your teeth. It’s important to scrub your teeth (but not too hard) on all sides.
You also should floss daily to clean the spaces between your teeth. Your toothbrush isn’t as effective at removing plaque and food particles from these spaces. (Bacteria use those food particles for energy.)
Many people find dental floss difficult to use. If you are one of them, you do have some other options.
Water flossers use a stream of water to clean the spaces between your teeth. You can find them in a range of styles and prices.
Another simple option is a flosser. You can find these in the toothpaste aisle of many stores. They have short handles with a strand of floss on one end, which many people find more comfortable to use than regular floss.
No one brushes and flosses perfectly every time. Professional cleanings give us an opportunity to remove plaque and tartar buildup that you may have missed.
Know the Signs of Unhealthy Gums
It’s just as important to know the symptoms of a gum infection. The sooner you recognize the symptoms, the easier and more effective your treatment will be.
Keep an eye out for these things:
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that appear red or swollen
- Gums that feel sore or painful
- Gums that hurt when you bite or chew
- Gums that appear to have a pimple-like bump
- Lingering bad breath
- Teeth that feel move around in their sockets
If you are noticing one or more of these symptoms, please schedule a visit with us. We want to help treat your troubles before they get out of hand.
When you come to our office in Huntsville, AL, you can count on us making every effort to keep you comfortable. We can provide local anesthetic or dental sedation to making your gum disease treatment as painless as it can be.