As with most illnesses or medical conditions, there are several degrees of severity. The same pertains to gum disease. From the onset of gingivitis to the more serious periodontitis, there are usually many signs that would warrant a visit to The Dental Place in Grand Prairie, TX for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Chronic bad breath can be an indicator that you are experiencing gum disease. The usual culprit to halitosis is attributed to the foods we eat. But excess bacteria build-up in the mouth can linger on teeth, gum tissue and in between teeth causing gingivitis and the onset of gum disease.
Bleeding gum tissue is not normal. Brushing with a hard bristle tooth brush or by exerting too much pressure can result in some bleeding. Switch to a soft bristle brush and consider an electric toothbrush. Not only will an electric tooth brush help to control the pressure used when brushing, but most come with a built in timer that lets you know if you are brushing the recommended two minutes. If gums continue to bleed after making these changes, it is time to visit our cosmetic dentists in Grand Prairie.
Swollen gums or bright red gum tissue can offer an indication that gum disease is present. Receding gums that are not attributed to aging or brushing habits can also mean the possible onset of gum disease.
Discomfort or teeth that feel loose generally mean that you are experiencing some type of dental issue that requires the urgent diagnosis of your dentist. Putting off a visit to our general and cosmetic dentists Dr. Robert D. Maxey and Dr. Cecil F. George, Jr. if your teeth feel loose can result in the loss of these teeth due to disease or infection.
Genetics can play a possible role in gum disease. But just because family members suffer from gum disease does not mean you will. It is possible to avoid contracting gum disease by taking the following measures:
- Do not smoke.
- Floss daily.
- Brush at least twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel.
- Make sure your diet is loaded with healthy foods and eliminate or cut back on sugary snacks and beverages.
- Get plenty of rest and keep your body hydrated.
- Visit your dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and thorough exam.
Adhering to these lifestyle habits will not only keep your teeth and gums healthy, but your body as well. If you have symptoms of gum disease, call our dentists in Grand Prairie at 972-264-5795 today!