Are You Vulnerable?

Gum disease can sneak up on you. The symptoms in the early stage of gingivitis may include bleeding gums or redness which could easily be attributed to other causes such as brushing too hard or using the wrong kind of toothbrush. That’s why it’s important to talk to your dentist about your vulnerability. If gum disease is a factor in your family dental history, for instance, you may be more aware of the symptoms. Your dental hygienist is trained to identify the signs that may indicate an early diagnosis of gum disease, keep to a schedule for regular six-month checkups and cleanings.

Everyone experiences the occasional occurrence of bad breath. It could come from something you have had to drink or from the spice in a food that you have eaten. That’s one case scenario, but chronic halitosis may indicate the onset of gum disease. If regular brushing and rinsing with a mouthwash only mask the symptom temporarily it may be time for a professional evaluation.

You may have something to say about it. Other than genetics, poor dental health habits and some lifestyle choices can contribute to your chances of developing gum disease. If you can adhere to a regimen of home care that includes brushing twice a day and flossing after meals together with keeping up with professional exams and cleanings you will greatly increase the odds in your favor for avoiding issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

If you need another reason to quit smoking consider the fact that smokers seem to collect more tartar on their teeth than nonsmokers do. Tartar is a major contributor to gum disease and is formed when a buildup of bacterial plaque hardens onto the tooth enamel. Tartar cannot be removed just by brushing, it must be done with a hygienist’s tool.

Consult with your dentist and hygienist at Spokane Valley Dentistry about how to prevent the advancement of gum disease. Treatment is highly successful in the early stages of infection. Call Spokane Valley today @ 509-926-6261.

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