The Big Bad Wolf: Gum Disease – Can it Be Reversed?
While many people use the term gum disease to mean something specific, it’s actually a general term that covers a number of levels of gum problems. For example, gingivitis is the most common stage of gum disease, and it’s the earliest stage. When it’s still gingivitis, it’s a relatively minor issue can be easily treated.
On the other hand, gum disease can be used to discuss periodontitis, a more serious condition. If left untreated, periodontitis can eventually lead to losing teeth and other serious health issues. The good news is that if you catch it early, gum disease can be reversed. Read on to learn how to spot the warning signs.
Keep an eye out for common signs
First and foremost, keep your eye on your gums for some of the early warning signs of disease. For example, if your gums bleed when you brush them, if they’re swollen, if you feel pain, or if you have bad breath on a regular basis, then you may have gum disease. If it’s progressed further, then you may have noticed your gums receding or your teeth becoming loose. You’ll have the best success having your gum disease treated if it’s treated earlier rather than later.
Make changes in your oral health routine
If you notice that you have some of the above warning signs, your first step is to give us a call and come in for an exam and dental cleaning. You can also make changes in your home oral health care. Brush at least twice a day and aim to floss once. This can prevent bacteria from building up on your teeth and around your gums. You may find that your symptoms start to reduce.
Let us check your gums for you
While it’s a good idea to make immediate changes to the way you care for your teeth, we can’t stress enough how important it is to also work with your dentist for regular cleanings and exams. Not only can we help prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque that leads to gum disease, but we can find the earliest warning signs of gum disease and immediately treat any problems.
Early gum disease is completely reversible
If you catch it early, gum disease is completely reversible. That said, if you wait to have your teeth treated, or you don’t realize you have a problem, then you could end up dealing with some serious health issues. Not only can you damage your teeth and gums, but your overall health can be damaged. Gum disease involves inflammation and increased inflammation anywhere in the body can lead to a higher chance of stroke and heart disease.
Don’t risk the health of your gums. Today is the day to make a change. Start by improving your oral health habits right now and then reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161. We can take a look, give you an honest and thorough assessment, and let you know what your treatment options are.