There can be some confusion when it comes to dealing with gum disease. For some people, it may not seem like a problem, if they’ve already begun to develop early signs of the disease. Others may realize it’s a problem, but don’t expect it to become so severe so quickly. The truth is that the best way to deal with gum disease is to successfully prevent it. If that fails, then it’s even more important to notice the signs early, take them seriously, and visit your dentist as soon as possible for appropriate periodontal treatment.
Take preventing it seriously
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is more common than many people realize. In fact, it can affect nearly 80% of adults by the time they reach their middle ages. When it becomes severe, gum disease can be the greatest risk factor in losing one or more teeth. Yet, it begins in a much less dramatic manner – with oral bacteria gathering excessively on your gum line and underneath your gums. The good news is that this can largely be prevented by sticking to a consistently good dental hygiene routine every day, and paying close attention to cleaning your gum line when you do.
Pay attention to what your gums tell you
Another part of your good dental hygiene routine is visiting your dentist routinely for checkups and cleanings. During these visits, there’s a good chance your dentist will see signs of early gum disease, or gingivitis, if you’ve developed it. However, you don’t have to wait until your next checkup to ask your dentist for help if you notice these signs on your own. For instance, gingivitis can often cause your gums to become increasingly more red and irritated, or to swell (become inflamed) in certain areas. You might also notice small amounts of blood in your saliva when you brush and floss your teeth each day, which could indicate more serious damage to your gum tissues.
Seek periodontal treatment promptly
If you do notice signs that you may be developing gum disease, it’s important to schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible. Once gum disease begins to develop, it will continue to progress and have a more serious impact on the health and integrity of your gums. Recovering from the disease may require additional treatment along with routine periodontal care in order to address the more significant damage.
Learn how to deal with your gum disease
Preventing gum disease, or treating it as soon as possible, may be more important to your oral health than you realize. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling MMC Dental in Houston, TX, today at (713) 926-8896.