Just like a foundation supports your home, your gums are the foundation for your teeth. Since September is Gum Health Month, your team at East Cooper Smiles is here this month with tips and tricks for maintaining excellent gum health.
Gum Health 101
Did you know that nearly half of American adults suffer from gum disease? What's worse is many of them aren't aware of it! Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over 30, so it's a prevalent problem.
Your Mount Pleasant dentist has some information about gum disease to help educate patients and some tips to share for keeping your gums healthy.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. If you're suffering from gingivitis, you may notice these symptoms:
- Gums that are red, irritated, or swollen
- Bad breath that you can't eliminate with brushing or a mouth rinse
- Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
Because gingivitis is the early onset of gum disease, we're often able to help patients successfully manage it with a thorough professional teeth cleaning and improvements to their home care routine. For some patients, this might even reverse their condition.
Advanced gum disease is known as periodontitis. If you're dealing with periodontitis, you may experience pain or tenderness when chewing, your gums may have started to recede, or your teeth have begun to feel mobile.
This stage of gum disease requires a deep cleaning called scaling a root planing to eliminate the infection below your gum line. Severe cases may need surgery.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself from Gum Disease?
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once are the first steps in preventing gum disease. Routine visits to your dentist every six months for screenings, teeth cleanings, and checkups will protect your smile from gum disease in Mount Pleasant, SC.
If you have questions about gum health, or if it's time to schedule your next teeth cleaning and checkup, call us at (843) 884-7200.