Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people do not recognize the warning signs – bleeding and swollen gums – as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is underway to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we at Trade Winds Dental wanted to do our part to help spread the word about gum care!
Early recognition and action are the most important steps to health gums, and ultimately a health body too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as the heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:
• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position
If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. We can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your daily oral hygiene habits.