Did you know bleeding gums is one of the most common symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that is caused by plaque build-up.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Being aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease may help you get the treatment you need to improve your dental health. It is important to note the signs of gum disease vary from patient to patient.
In some cases, a patient may not show any signs of gum disease, which is why it is vital to visit the dentist regularly. A trained dentist can spot any early warning signs of gum disease during your routine dental exam.
Common Signs of Gum Disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, irritated gums
- Red, tender gums
- Change in the fit of your dentures
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- A receding gumline
Gum Disease Prevention
Preventative dental care can help reduce your risk of certain types of complex dental problems, including gum disease.
Create and execute an excellent oral hygiene routine
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily can reduce plaque buildup on the teeth. Be sure to be consistent with your oral hygiene routine for the best results.
Visit the dentist regularly
Many dentists recommend that patients visit their office at least two times a year. During these visits, your dentist can assess the condition of your gums, teeth, and jaw to check for any signs of complex dental problems, including gum disease and tooth decay.
Studies suggest that smoking and tobacco use can affect your body’s ability to heal and fight infection. For patients with gum disease, it is crucial to find ways to quit smoking and improve your gum health. Be sure to speak with your dentist and doctor about ways to quit smoking.
When Should I Visit The Dentist?
If you notice any changes in your oral health, you may want to schedule a consultation with Trinity dentist Dr. Gianni Franceschi. Dr. Franceschi can work with you to improve your gum health through personalized treatment plans and preventive dental care. To schedule an appointment, call 727.268.0180 or request an appointment online.