Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Have you noticed that your gums sometimes bleed after brushing or flossing? Worried that bleeding gums may be a sign of a larger problem? Well, that is a correct assumption! If you have gums that bleed easily or if they are red, swollen or tender, it could be a sign that your gums are unhealthy. Another indication that you may be suffering from periodontal disease is persistent bad breath—though there are a few other factors that could lead to this annoying problem!
More extreme signs that you are suffering from periodontal disease include gums that have pulled away from the teeth, permanent teeth that are separating, or any change to the fit of partial dentures. If you notice a change in the way your teeth fit together, it is definitely time to schedule a consultation with your expert Santa Monica periodontists.
Prevent Gum Disease
Without proper dental hygiene, anyone can develop some form of gum disease. However, there are preventative measures you can take if you’re experiencing warning signs or concerns. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can have the biggest impact on the health and appearance of your teeth. Regular cleanings with your dentist will also help with the hard-to-reach or hard-to-spot cleaning areas.
People who smoke or use chewing tobacco are extremely prone to gum disease and should ask their doctors for tips on quitting!
Some people are more at risk for gum disease, so extra care for oral hygiene is necessary. If you’re pregnant, have a family history of gum disease, have crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean or have diabetes, speak with a periodontist to ensure a healthy dental plan to avoid periodontal disease!
Also, be aware that medications like steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, oral contraceptive and some calcium channel blockers have been know to cause gum disease.
Remember: to avoid being part of the statistic, brush twice a day, floss daily and see your dentist or periodontist for regular check ups and cleanings!
Contact a Board-Certified Periodontist
On your next visit to the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, ask your periodontal professional if you may be at risk for gum disease. Call us at (310) 826 8242 or contact Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky and they will ensure the best treatment and prevention plan to keep your gums looking and feeling healthy for years to come.