When it comes to caring for your smile, the teeth may be what initially come to mind. After all, healthy teeth help to make a great first impression, and are in fact crucial to eating comfortably and effectively. Yet the gums are just as important to your overall health. Sadly, they often go neglected in people’s dental care routines. In fact, gum disease is so common that some studies estimate millions of Americans could be suffering from it, many unknowingly. Fortunately, knowing the symptoms of gum disease, and how to respond if you have them, can help you protect your smile. Of course, preventive dentistry is also important!
Do You Know the Warning Signs of Gingivitis?
While everyone experiences dental problems differently, in the case of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, many people do notice several warning signs. For instance:
- Instead of looking light pink, the gums may appear dark red or purple, both of which can be indication of infection.
- Obvious inflammation is another warning of gingivitis.
- Gums should not bleed easily while brushing or flossing, either. If you notice bleeding each time you brush, you should schedule a dental visit.
- As gingivitis advances, the gums may even begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Whole Smile?
Daily dental hygiene is important to protecting the teeth and the gums, as well. That said, good hygiene is no substitute for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Most people need to see the dentist at least twice a year to prevent dental problems, including gum disease.
If you are already suffering from gingivitis, the dentist may recommend more frequent dental cleanings, or even deeper periodontal cleanings until the gums’ health has been properly restored.
Need to Schedule a Preventive Visit?
Preventive dentistry helps to protect the teeth and gums against common problems, including gum disease. You can schedule a preventive visit with Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today, by calling 817-918-3038.