Regular visits will help you avoid gum disease. Gum disease shows itself through painful bleeding gums, bad breath, and even loose adult teeth. By catching signs of gum disease early, you will avoid the possibility of losing any of your teeth. Our hygienists can stop gum disease and even reverse it once it starts. The sooner you get checked for these symptoms the better, both for your own health and the high costs that result from ignoring these symptoms.
Our patients sometimes ask us what to look out for in between visits that may be signs of gum disease. An early sign of gum disease is blood in your spit after you have brushed and flossed your teeth. We advise our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day, if not more, with a soft toothbrush. Using a hard toothbrush is not good for your gums and may cause bleeding that is not actually associated with gum disease. When you buy your next toothbrush, make sure it says ‘soft’ on the container. When you do come in for your regular cleanings, our hygienists will use the tools to remove the plaque and tartar you cannot always get to at home.