Gum Disease | Focus On the Health of Your Gums
By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on March 20, 2017
How healthy are your gums? You should absolutely know the answer to this question—but, chances are, you don’t.
Unfortunately, it is not always so easy to tell if you have developed a form of periodontal disease. There are not many signs of gum disease and it does not cause any pain. The signs you can look for include: inflammation in your gums, your gums appearing bright red, or unexplained bleeding while you brush or floss.
If you show signs of periodontal disease, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist or periodontist. Your dentist and periodontist have special tools that can be used to identify periodontal disease, how far your periodontal disease has developed, and what treatment will work best for you.
As we learned in our blog post last week, periodontal disease has been linked to many other health issues. To see the list again, click here.
Below, the team at Periodontal Associate of Jackson offers several tips to improve the health of your gums and how to prevent periodontal disease:
- Brush your teeth twice per day
- Remember to always floss when you brush
- Lightly brush your gums, the top of your mouth, and your tongue
- Consider using a tongue scraper
- Use mouthwash
- Maintain your oral wellness exams
See additional information about gum disease and prevention from colgate, here.
As stated above, your dentist and periodontist are best equipped to determine the health of your gums. Visiting twice per year to have your teeth and gums examined and cleaned can be important in preventing and treating periodontal disease.
Need a Periodontist?
The team at Periodontal Associates of Jackson is excited to see you. The team is always welcoming new patients and wants to improve your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Jackson, MS.
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“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.