Gum disease is a very common problem. It is more than just gums that bleed from time to time. Anyone can have gum disease, even people who brush and floss each day. Gum disease is serious. It can lead to loose teeth, abscesses, and other oral issues. Gum disease can also be a contributing factor in stroke, heart attack, and other serious health issues. Here at Dr. Hilton Israelson, we treat people with gum disease daily. There are things that you need to do to keep your gums healthy.
Keeping Your Gums Free From Gum Disease
There are a few things that you need to do to keep your mouth healthy. Here are a few suggestions to get you started in the right direction. The first thing that you need to do is to practice good oral habits. It would help if you brushed your teeth several times a day. Brush after each meal, if possible, and then again before you go to bed each night. Use a toothbrush that has a soft head; anything else can damage your gums. You will want to gently brush your gums as well as your teeth and tongue.
Flossing also needs to be part of your daily routine, but make sure that you are careful. You do not want to floss hard and damage your gums instead of cleaning them.
Another important step to keeping your gums healthy is to visit our office regularly. We will often recommend a visit every three to six months. This will allow us to make sure that your gums are healthy and treat them if there is a problem. It is essential that you learn the signs of gum disease to keep your gums healthy. One of the most common symptoms is bleeding gums, including when you are brushing or flossing. Healthy gums should not bleed when you clean them.
Red or sore gums is another sign that something is wrong. Swollen gums is also a symptom that should not be ignored. If you have bad breath, it could be a sign of gum disease. This is especially true if you have never had bad breath before.
If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you have loose teeth, you need to make an appointment immediately. Any of these could mean that you have gum disease. Here at Dr. Hilton Israelson, we will take care of your gum disease so that your mouth will be healthy once again. You can make the appointment by calling (972) 669-9444. Remember that it is important to catch and stop gum disease early. The longer you wait to do something about it, the greater chance that you could face serious consequences.