The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a prevalence of gum disease among the adult population of the US. If you suspect that you are one among the many who suffers from some form of the disease your first inclination should be to make an appointment with your dentist for further evaluation and a professional diagnosis.
What symptoms should get your attention? Barring injury, there is no good reason for your gums to bleed. If you do notice bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, for instance, consider that it may be an early sign of gingivitis which is the first stage of gum disease. At this point, the disease is easily treated and can be prevented from advancing to a more serious condition. Your dentist will likely recommend using an antibacterial toothpaste/mouthwash and upgrading your overall home care routine. A professional cleaning is part of an effective therapy plan.
Plaque buildup comes from leftover food debris and bacteria that is not removed with proper oral care. Chronic bad breath can be a result of poor oral health and is often a symptom of impending gum disease. Check for fraying bristles on your toothbrush and make sure to brush twice a day for a full two minutes each time.
Are your gums receding? Check in the mirror to see if your gum tissue may be pulling away from your teeth if so your teeth will appear to be longer than usual. Be aware of increased tooth sensitivity, another common symptom of gum disease.
Pay attention to these symptoms in order to avoid the more serious complications that can occur when gum disease is allowed to progress to full-blown periodontitis which can lead to the deterioration of bone structure and ultimate tooth loss.
Don’t wait any longer, get a professional opinion asap so that you can begin treatment and anticipate any further repercussions of gum disease. Call Spokane Valley Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Conway and his team of professionals. Call today @ 509-926-6261 in Spokane Valley, WA.