What’s the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States? It’s gum disease, and it’s something that too many people overlook.
In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, our team at Sabal Dental – Calallen in Corpus Christi, TX, wants to share a few tips to keep you smiling.
Know the Symptoms
Recognizing the signs of periodontal infections can help you know when you need to seek treatment. According to the American Dental Association, you should watch for these symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Changes in how your teeth fit together when you bite
- Changes in the fit of partial dentures
You can and should do what you can to prevent dental problems. That includes having a good and consistent daily oral hygiene routine. You also need to get regular professional cleanings and exams. This is particularly important if you have chronic periodontal problems.
Yes, You Should Floss
Just to be clear, your daily routine should include flossing once per day. Flossing is needed to clean food particles and plaque from between your teeth and gums. These are places that your toothbrush can’t reach well.
Seek Treatment When Needed
Don’t wait to get gum disease treatment if you see symptoms of an infection. By acting early, you can avoid the more serious consequences and keep your smile intact.