Do You Have Gum Disease?

gumshealthyIf you have visited us for preventive care, you have certainly heard us mention that maintaining your smile is essential is preventing gum disease and other issues like tooth decay. When it comes to periodontal problems, taking this to heart is essential. You see, once your gums become inflamed and are headed for infection (the first stage is gingivitis) we can still reverse the disease. However, when gingivitis blossoms into full periodontitis, we can only manage the issue – we can no longer clear it. As a result, it is essential that you know what to look for and seek treatment right away if you notice a change.

Ask Yourself These Questions

If you have never experienced gum disease, you may have trouble identifying the problem. Fortunately, by becoming familiar with common symptoms, it is much easier to recognize a change and to act with urgency if you need treatment. Ask yourself these questions – if you answer, “yes” to any one of them, you may need periodontal treatment:

  • Are my gums looking red or purple instead of a healthy pink color?
  • Do my gums hurt or feel tender?
  • Are my gums bleeding when I brush or floss or otherwise?
  • Do my teeth feel loose?
  • Does my mouth taste extremely foul and the problem is not going away?
  • Do my gums look inflamed?

Contact Us Right Away

We offer a variety of treatments to address your gum disease, depending on how advanced your case has become. Treatment options include a deep cleaning, which will remove the plaque and tartar that are causing the inflammation. We will provide you with specific instructions for improved care at home. We may also rely on the help of antibiotics to address an existing infection.