Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Did you notice blood the last time you flossed or brushed? Bleeding gums are not normal and are a telltale sign of gum disease. Given that gum disease can have ravenous effects on your oral health, it’s important to see our Lynchburg, VA, family dentist, Dr. Kevin Midkiff, for a checkup as soon as possible if you suspect that you might have the condition. Read on to learn how to spot the disease!

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Besides bleeding gums other warning signs of gum disease include,

  • Tender gums
  • Gums that are swollen and puffy
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Receding gums
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together
  • Changes in the fit of your dentures

Sometimes, these symptoms go away on their own within a few days; however, if these symptoms linger for more than a week, it’s time to see your Lynchburg, VA, family dentist. After all, if you leave gum disease untreated, it can lead to more serious issues such as tooth and bone loss. Accordingly, it’s important that if you suspect that you have gum disease, you see a dental professional right away.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Did you know that gum disease is completely preventable? No matter whether you are at an increased risk for developing gum disease or not, by maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent this from happening to you. The best ways to prevent gum disease include:

  • Brushing twice a day with an ADA-approved toothpaste
  • Flossing daily
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar and starches
  • Getting regular dental cleanings and checkups every six months

Remember, not everyone with gum disease will experience symptoms, so even if you think nothing’s wrong, it’s still important that you see your dentist for regular checkups. After all, if gum disease is caught early enough, it can be reversed.

Concerned? Give us a call

Again, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of proper gum care. If you notice any problematic symptoms, you should call our Lynchburg, VA, dental office as soon as possible to make an appointment—(434) 239-8133.