Gum disease screenings are recommended twice a year as a preventative measure. If you are experiencing any warning signs, such as redness or puffiness around your gums, or if your gums have started to recede, then you should visit your dentist right away. Most screenings will include an oral exam and will sometimes include taking a dental x-ray for further inspection of your bone structure beneath the gums.
Bad breath, bleeding gums, and fragile teeth are just a few of the side effects of gum disease. Gum disease screening is a crucial component of proper oral health maintenance. If gum disease gets out of hand, it can lead to tooth loss, bone deterioration, and other life-altering ailments. Early detection allows you to take preventative action before symptoms get any worse.
Just like the first sign of a cold, the first sign of gum disease is gingivitis. Luckily, gingivitis is easily treated. It causes swelling and bleeding of your gums but can be treated with a daily brushing and flossing routine. Swelling of the tissue can lead to an uncomfortable feeling when eating, drinking, or brushing.
Second-stage gum disease is called periodontitis. When left untreated, periodontitis causes irreversible damage to your gums and teeth. The result might be tooth loss and even other health complications. Dr. Lindsay and our team can treat your periodontal disease with either professional scaling and root planning, or surgery.
If you experience chronic inflammation or soreness of the gums, Dr. Lindsay can help. Sometimes inflamed or sore gums could be caused by a form of gum disease. If you are not sure what the problem is, it's important not to self-diagnose and instead go visit your dentist immediately. It could be from gum disease, but inflamed or sore gums can also be a sign of more serious problems.
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