Gum Disease – The Basics
Gum disease is often undetected in adults until serious damage has been done. This is because many of the symptoms are subtle. Detecting gum disease early can often reverse the damage and prevent the disease from developing further. Once gum disease develops beyond gingivitis and into periodontal disease, it can no longer be reversed. At this point, you may experience tooth or bone loss.
Detecting gum disease early can prevent serious damage to your mouth. Looking for these common symptoms, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery every six months can increase the chances of discovering gum disease early. Common symptoms include:
- Bleeding, red, swollen gums
- Recent misalignment of the top and bottom teeth
- Receding Gums
- Shifting and lose teeth
- Bad breath
- Deep pockets between teeth
Typically, gum disease develops with poor oral health habits. This includes neglecting to brush and floss twice a day for two minutes each, consuming sugar without washing your mouth afterward, infrequent dental visits, and using tobacco products. Additionally, undergoing chemotherapy and an increase in hormones for women can cause gum disease.
The best way to prevent gum disease today is to practice good oral hygiene habits. If gingivitis has already developed, a deep cleaning from Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery and their staff will prevent further damage.
The first step to prevent gum disease is to be aware of it. Gum disease inflammation and symptoms often go undetected until it is too late. Prevent tooth loss by visiting Dr. Shigley every six months. For more information, visit Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery or call 846-714-1800 today!