When we set out to perform daily oral hygiene, our thoughts may not be on the big picture. We look at our teeth as an important feature to the smile, as well as to chewing function. In the instance that teeth look shiny and suitably white, it can be easy to forget the main reason brushing and flossing is so vitally important.
Brushing and flossing are activities that make the smile beautiful, but the main purpose of cleaning the teeth has very little to do with the attractiveness of the smile. Primarily, the oral cavity is cleansed for the removal of bacteria and tiny particles of food. Gum disease doesn't necessarily show up in the smile, however, it does pose a great threat to both oral and systemic health.
Because gum disease develops so unobtrusively, it is possible to have the condition and not know it. Typically, no pain presents in the early stages of gum disease. The subtle early warning signs are often explained away, leaving bacteria to flourish. Many people believe that the small amount of bleeding that occurs during brushing or flossing is normal. Not so. It is also commonly believed that teeth naturally loosen with age. Not an accurate assumption. These are both symptoms of gum disease at various stages. To keep teeth and gums, as well as the body, healthy, it is important to recognize gum disease as early as possible.
In addition to bleeding gums, some of the signs of gum disease include:
- Tenderness, redness, and/or swelling in gum tissue.
- Receding gums.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Space between the gums and teeth.
- Changes in bite.
- Sores on gum tissue.
- Dental appliance no longer fit well.
Early symptoms of gum disease
are so subtle that the best method of detection is regular dental care with your dentist near Acworth
. At 32 Dental, we conduct thorough examinations at six-month intervals, carefully measuring the level of gums. Our hygienist performs gentle cleanings that effectively remove plaque, and we recommend deeper cleanings for tartar when necessary.
We can help you avoid, or control, gum disease. Contact us today for your dental examination.