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What are your gums trying to tell you?
Your gums can tell you a lot about your health. If you find little spots of blood in the sink whenever you floss or brush you could be dealing with gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. It’s important that you don’t ignore this problem, as gingivitis can be reversed with the proper care but will cause serious issues if left untreated. Here are the signs of gum disease and what you can do to reverse this common oral disease at the office of your Lancaster, CA, general dentists Dr. Vladimir Dontsov and Dr. Anuj Patel.
If you notice these symptoms, give us a call as soon as possible:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Pain when chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
These symptoms are trying to tell you that your gums aren't healthy. It's important that you not only pay attention but also turn to your Lancaster, CA, dentists right away. We can easily detect gum disease and then get to treating it.
What are some risk factors for gum disease?
If you are working hard to prevent gum disease, then you’ll want to know what could put you at risk so you can make the necessary lifestyle changes. Common risk factors include:
- Smoking: Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum disease. If you’ve been looking for yet another reason to quit smoking then this should be it. Quitting at any point in time will offer an array of benefits for both your general and oral health and can reduce your risk for gum disease.
- Hormones: The hormonal changes often seen in teen girls and women can also increase your chances of developing gum disease. Some hormonal changes include menstruation, pregnancy, and even menopause.
- Diabetes: If you have been diagnosed with diabetes then our dental team may have already told you that you are at an increased risk for gum disease. This is why it’s even more important that you find ways to get your blood sugar under control. You should always talk with us about coming in more regularly for cleanings and checkups, as this could be a major benefit to the health of your gums.
- Medications: There are many medications, both over the counter and prescription, that can cause dry mouth. When your mouth becomes dry, this can increase the risk for gum disease. It’s important that you talk with your dentists about any new medications you are taking to determine if they are causing your dry mouth.
If you notice any changes to the health or appearance of your gums, it’s worth giving us a call at (661) 726-1010. Our Lancaster, CA, general dentists, Dr. Dontsov and Dr. Patel, here at Dentist 4 Uninsured can easily spot periodontal disease and provide you with the treatment and care you need right away.
Gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile, causing damage to sensitive gums and even tooth loss in some cases. Improving your oral hygiene and visiting the Lancaster, CA, general dentistry office of Drs. Vladimir Dontsov and Anuj Patel of Dentist 4 Uninsured will help you lower your gum disease risk.
6 Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease doesn't cause alarming changes at first. Your gums may look a little red and bleed when you brush or floss your teeth if you have the mildest form of the disease. Unfortunately, if you don't make a few changes, the disease will soon worsen and become more complicated to treat. Reducing the likelihood that you'll develop gum disease can be as simple as:
- Upgrading Your Brushing Routine: Gum disease may be in your future if you aren't a diligent brusher. Brushing removes plaque, a sticky, transparent film that contains bacteria. If plaque isn't removed promptly, it turns into a hard, brown deposit called tartar. Both substances can contribute to gum disease. Keep plaque under control by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes per brushing session.
- Flossing Regularly: Flossing prevents plaque from building up between teeth, yet far too many people consider flossing an optional oral hygiene task. Daily flossing will not only help you avoid cavities but also prevent gum disease.
- Using Mouthwash: When you shop for oral health supplies in Lancaster, add anti-bacterial mouthwash to your cart. The mouthwash kills bacteria that can cause gum disease. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash removes food debris in addition to freshening your breath. Alcohol-free products won't irritate your gums or dry your mouth.
- Quitting Smoking: Those who smoke or use tobacco products are more likely to develop gum disease.
- Maintaining Good Health: Diabetes and other disease and conditions may increase your risk of gum disease. Keeping health conditions under control can improve the health of your gums.
- Scheduling Dental Checkups Twice a Year: Dental cleanings offered as part of your checkups remove plaque and tartar and help you keep your gums healthy. If you do happen to develop gum disease, your dentist can start treatment promptly, minimizing the damage to your gums.
Protect your gums with regular visits to your dentists in Lancaster, CA, Drs. Dontsov and Patel of Dentist 4 Uninsured. Call the general dentistry office at (661) 726-1010 to schedule your appointment.