Keeping your teeth healthy is a top priority, and gum health is crucial as well for overall oral wellness. If you are neglecting your oral hygiene routine, you could be causing damage to your mouth that is hard to reverse.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that impacts not only your oral health but can lead to problems with your body, making it important to recognize the warning signs to allow for swift intervention and treatment.
If you have symptoms of gum disease, dentist Dr. Kristine Houck Morris in Easton, MD, can help you restore your oral health.
What causes gum disease?
This condition generally results from insufficient oral hygiene, including lack of or improper brushing and flossing, and neglecting dental exams and cleaning. A poor diet, smoking, or use of chewing tobacco can also cause gum disease.
As bacteria grow, stubborn plaque begins to form and build upon the teeth and along the gums, which can lead to infection, receding gums, or tooth loss. Gum disease can also cause heart disease.
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Teeth and gums sensitive to hot or cold foods
- Mouth pain when brushing, flossing, or eating
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
How is gum disease treated?
Your dentist at our Easton, MD, office will examine your teeth and gums, taking an x-ray if needed to check for bone loss. Gum disease, if minor, can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning. Your dentist will use metal tools to scrape away sticky plaque and provide a thorough cleaning and rinsing.
Gum disease left untreated for a long time may need more intensive intervention, including replacing teeth with dental implants, crown lengthening surgery, or gum grafting if the gums have receded so deep the tooth root is exposed.
Take charge of your oral health to prevent gum disease. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Easton, MD, by calling 410-770-9211.