Periodontal disease is extremely common in the United
States, and many people don’t understand the effects that gum disease
on the rest of your body. Even those who do not exhibit signs of gum disease
can benefit from taking a proactive approach to caring for their gums and
mouth. With the new year right around the corner, 2018 is a great time to start
taking better care of your gums.
Signs of Gum Disease
If you are already exhibiting the signs of gum disease
encourage you to schedule an appointment with a periodontist immediately. Signs
of the condition include:
Persistent bad breath
Swollen or red gums
Bleeding or tender gums
Loose or sensitive teeth
Teeth that appear longer than normal
Any or all of these can be signs that you are developing
periodontitis, and meeting with a professional can stave off the condition
before it gets out of control.
How Can You Prevent It?
Fortunately, periodontal disease is easy to prevent if you
are taking the rights steps to protect your mouth. Your daily habits should
include each of the following:
Flossing once a day to remove plaque and food
particles that gather between the gum line
Brushing at least twice a day, or after every
meal if possible, to remove food debris that gets trapped between your gums and
Use mouthwash to reduce plaque and ensure that
your mouth is extra clean
Be aware of risk factors for gum disease
including genetics, diet, smoking and age
Schedule regular cleanings with a periodontist
Many patients do these things regularly to keep their teeth
healthy. An extra focus on the gums can do more than help you avoid cavities;
it can also help you keep your body healthy. Research has shown that there is a
link between gum disease and other health conditions such as heart disease and
diabetes, so keeping your mouth clean is vital.
Call Us Today
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Codelli at Solid City Smiles
in Atlanta, GA today to discuss what you need to get your teeth, gums,
and mouth healthy.
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