Signs That You May Have Gum Disease
Gum disease doesn’t often cause symptoms right away, which means that once you start to notice changes in your gums the disease has often progressed. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults it’s important for everyone, no matter how young, to get routine dental cleanings and checkups every six months from our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster.
Of course, when warning signs of gum disease do strike it’s important that you have a family dentist that you can turn to in York, PA, to provide you with immediate treatment to prevent the disease from getting worse. Warning signs of gum disease include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that are tender or sore
- Gums that bleed easily, particularly when brushing and flossing
- Receding gums or gums that pull away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Chronic and unexplained bad breath
- Changes in how your teeth fit together
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important that you see your dentist right away. Which brings us to an important question: When was the last time you saw the dentist? If it’s been more than six months then it’s time to schedule your next checkup.
How do I can prevent gum disease?
Did you know that you can prevent gum disease and decay from happening to you? While these are common problems there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Protect yourself from gum disease by following these simple rules:
Brush your teeth: In order to remove plaque and bacteria you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again at night after you’ve finished eating. And don’t forget to also brush your tongue, which can also harbor bacteria.
Floss your teeth: Even if you are a very thorough brusher you still need to floss your teeth once a day to prevent plaque and food from getting stuck between teeth. Flossing is the best way to remove plaque from between teeth and along the gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Quit smoking: This should go without saying but bad habits like smoking can also increase your risk for many dental issues including gum disease. If you are a smoker, quitting can greatly improve the health of your gums.
Eat a healthy diet: The foods and drinks you consume can also impact the health of your teeth and gums. Avoid sugar and starches, which can increase plaque buildup, and incorporate a good balance of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables and whole grains into your daily diet.
Is it time to schedule your next dental checkup? If so, turn to the dental team at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, to provide you with the care you need for a healthy smile.