Nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). It’s a little shocking! Any form of gum disease needs to be treated. The health of your mouth and your overall general health depend on it. As you are reading this, you are probably wondering if you have some form of gum disease. Here are some signs and symptoms to help you recognize it.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum inflammations, or gingivitis, is one of the most common symptoms and earliest warning sign of gum disease. But, not every case of gingivitis will end up being gum disease. However it is time to visit us if your gums are bleeding and tender. We need to be able to clear away the plaque and tartar that has built up between your teeth. This build up causes bacteria leading to further problems. A thorough cleaning will often clear up the build-up and will help take care of irritation to the gums. If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms it’s time to schedule a visit today to prevent any further gum disease complications.
- Bright red, swollen, or tender gums.
- Receding gums.
- Spacing between the teeth.
- Foul smelling and tasting discharge or pus between the teeth and gums.
- Loose teeth.
- Bad breath.
- Bite problems.
What Can I Do About It?
The best way to prevent gum disease is good oral hygiene at home and regular visits your Westchester dentist. However, none of us are perfect and you may experience some of these signs of gum disease. The only way to cure gum disease is by seeking professional help. Until you can be seen by a professional here are some things you can do to lessen the symptoms:
- Make certain you brush and floss at least twice a day. This will help reduce the amount of plaque buildup.
- Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash that’s used to treat gingivitis, if you have a primary care physician you can ask for a prescription for an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
- Schedule an appointment immediately with your Westchester Periodontist. As stated above, the only way to cure gum disease is to seek help and treatment from a professional.
It is not uncommon for you to be experiencing any of these signs of gum disease. We are here for you and want to help answer any questions you may have a find a solution for you. For gum disease treatment in Westchester, contact our office today.