We often focus on our teeth and what to do should they begin to hurt. But what about the gums? If your gums feel sore or develop other unusual symptoms, then you may need to see the dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could be paving the way for gum disease!
Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can arise as a result of poor oral hygiene, inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, smoking/tobacco use, or a fail history of gum problems. Without treatment, the inflammation can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leading to deep pockets at the gum line and the onset of periodontal disease. Once gum disease forms, it cannot be cured. Instead, we will help you manage it to avoid the advanced stage, known as periodontitis, which can lead to adult tooth loss.
Signs You Need Treatment
If you notice your gums appear more red than usual, feel sore, or bleed easily when you brush or floss, then you should see the dentist. If you have gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, we can help treat the issue with a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing.
How do you avoid the onset of gum problems? First, make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes each session. You also need to floss every night before you go to bed. Flossing helps remove the food particles stuck between teeth that a toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach. You should also see us every six months for a cleaning. A dental cleaning allows us to remove the plaque that brushing and flossing alone cannot. If you have any questions about preventing gum disease, or recognizing the possible warning signs of gum problems, then please contact our office today.
DO YOUR GUMS HURT?
At Vi Mai-Truong, DDS, we can offer treatment to help reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. To schedule an appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.