Keeping Your Gums Healthy
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Having healthy gums is vital to oral health, because the gums in your mouth are the foundation for the teeth. In addition to brushing regularly and avoiding foods that harm your teeth, you should take regular action to keep your gums healthy too. This includes flossing twice a day (or after your meals) and frequent visits to the dentist to check for any signs of disease. There are many factors which can affect your oral health. This is most prevalent when plaque is builds up and turns to calculus, which leads to periodontal disease.
Signs that gums are healthy and free of periodontal disease include when they are:
- Light pink to slightly dark pink in color
- Stippled in texture
- Not swollen or tender to the touch
- Unbothered by brushing and flossing
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) does not always sneak up on you suddenly - it can start to develop slowly. If you have periodontal disease, the signs are quite the opposite of healthy gums.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Red or puffy gums
If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to very serious damage to the gums and supportive bones. When you find yourself experiencing any signs of periodontal disease, it is imperative to see a dentist immediately.
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The best defense against gum disease is prevention and early detection. If you are already brushing and flossing regularly, we recommend coming in for a checkup. When you come into Austell Dental for a consultation, we will determine whether or not there are any signs of periodontal disease. If there are, we will recommend a suitable treatment plan.