The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Mullins SC Dentist Office

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When it comes to the health of your mouth, most people think of their teeth first. However, it’s also important to consider the condition of your gums. Fortunately, in its early stages gum related infections can be reversed and even prevented all together with proper gum disease care

If you have noticed sharp pain, tenderness, or discomfort of any kind with regards to your gums, you may be experiencing symptoms of a periodontal or gum disease and should see our dentist immediately. Your gums serve as a foundation and can greatly affect your overall oral health so any of the following are considered possible areas of concern. 

Key warning signs: 

  • Gums that are red or swollen
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis  

A periodontal disease of any kind is serious and knowing what stage, if any, you are dealing with is critical as it can influence the type of care required. Remember that regular brushing, flossing, and dental exams will help to prevent the onset of any type of gum infection.

The earliest stage that can be experienced is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is marked by inflamed or red gums that might bleed after brushing or flossing and can result due to plaque buildup at the gum line. Given that this is the first stage of gum disease, it is entirely treatable and can be undone. 

If left untreated or ignored, however, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a chronic and long-term condition, which ranges from minor to severe. In later stages periodontitis can lead to destroyed gum and bone tissue, severely loose teeth, and even the loss of teeth. 

Preventive Tips 

Infections of the gum area, depending on the severity, can be reversible. Whether you are trying to avoid the occurrence of a periodontal disease entirely or simply manage an existing one, there is treatment that you can follow. 

  • Floss each day to reduce overall plaque buildup. 
  • Brush teeth regularly using a toothpaste specialized to combat gum disease.
  • Use quality mouthwash after you’ve finished brushing to kill bacteria and freshen breath. 
  • Visit us for a teeth cleaning every 6 months so we can monitor and manage any issues that may arise.

Maintaining proper gum health with an established routine every day will best serve you in the long run. If you want to prevent mouth pain or worse, tooth decay, it’s all about forming beneficial habits and keeping up with them each day. That means regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups with our dentist. Your gums (and teeth) will thank you!

Get in Front of Gum Disease

Think you might be experiencing a symptom of gingivitis or even periodontitis? Our gum disease dentist in Mullins, SC, is waiting to provide you with the best care possible to help alleviate your condition.  Even if you are not faced with the onset of gum disease, Dr. Todd Blevins still welcomes you to the practice so that he, as well as the rest of our dental staff, can help your smile shine bright. To request an appointment, call Blevins Dentistry at (843) 561-4039.

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