In its early stages, gum disease can largely be prevented with proper oral hygiene habits. If left untreated, however, reversible gingivitis can turn into periodontitis which is a chronic, long-term condition. Fortunately, our team of Ann Arbor dentists can help alleviate your symptoms with specialized treatment.
Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss. Knowing what stage, if any, you are dealing with is critical as it can influence the type of care required.
If you’ve noticed sharp pain, tenderness, or discomfort in your gums, please call our office.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Your gums act as a foundation and can greatly affect your overall oral health so any of the following symptoms are considered possible areas of concern.
Key warning signs include:
- Gums that are red or swollen
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
If you identify with one or more of these common symptoms it does not necessarily mean that you have a periodontal disease. However, it is still best to play it safe and see our doctors sooner than later so we can assess the situation.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Making the care of your teeth and gums a priority each day greatly reduces your chance of developing some form of gum disease.
Some helpful tips are:
- Floss each day to reduce overall plaque buildup.
- Brush teeth regularly using a toothpaste specialized to combat gum disease.
- Use quality mouthwash after you’ve finished brushing to kill bacteria and freshen breath.
- Visit us for a teeth cleaning every 6 months so we can monitor and manage any issues that may arise.
It takes time to establish daily habits but once you’ve got it down, you’re golden. Feel free to ask our doctors oral care questions the next time you’re in. We’re happy to help!
Call Us Today!
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, please get in touch with our office as soon as you are able. Our gum disease dentists in Ann Arbor MI can help treat your condition whether it is only just progressing or periodontitis has set in. Schedule an appointment with Excel Dental online or call us today at (734) 929-9999.