You love your teeth, which is also why you need to love your gum. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. It’s also a problem that can be prevented and treated long before your smile is at risk.
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, so we want to share some tips to help you keep your healthy mouth. Our team at Relax Dental is ready to help, too.
Be Proactive (Yes, You Have to Floss)
Take charge of your oral health by making preventive care a priority. This starts at home with daily brushing and flossing. It also should include professional cleanings and exams. If you have chronic gum disease, then you may need to visit us more frequently.
Know Your Risk
Family history can play a role in your risk of developing periodontal problems. Your risk increases as you get older. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women, but women have an increased risk during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
Certain behaviors, such as tobacco use and poor oral hygiene, also make you more prone to periodontal issues.
Learn the Symptoms
Of course, it’s easier to know when you should get help if you know what to look for. You may have gum disease if you notice one or more of these symptoms;
- Bleeding gums
- Red and swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Permanent teeth that feel loose
- Changes in how your bite fits together