Did you know that gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the gum tissue. In advanced cases, it can lead to tooth and bone loss and can also create a wide range of oral health issues. It is imperative to recognize the signs of gum disease, so you notice any changes in your oral health. The symptoms of gum disease may include the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- A change in the fit of your dentures
- Swollen, red gums
- Tenderness in the gums
- Pain or discomfort when chewing
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
When taking care of your gums, it is important to follow a proper oral hygiene routine in order to reduce plaque build-up. The bacteria in plaque can lead to gum disease, which can have adverse effects on your overall and oral health. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis can help reduce plaque buildup. When plaque is not adequately removed, it can lead to tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Take control of your oral health and work with your dentist to develop an oral hygiene routine that is right for you.
How To Protect Your Gum Health
Gum disease is preventable with proper oral care and regular visits to the dentist. Our team can work with you to develop a prevention plan that is right for your smile. We work with our patients on an individual basis to provide them with the care and information they need to maintain a healthy smile. Try following these key tips to help improve your gum health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time
- Floss daily
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine dental exams
- Receive regular professional dental cleanings
Visit Our Skokie, IL Dentist Office
If you have not visited the dentist recently, we invite you to visit the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry in Skokie, IL. We are a full-service dental practice that is committed to providing high quality, patient-centered dental care. If you would like to learn more about improving your gum health and avoiding gum disease, schedule an appointment with us today. To schedule your appointment, call 847.676.3500, or request an appointment online.