You can have gum disease and not even know it. That’s because you may only see a slight amount of bleeding when you brush and floss, and you might think it’s normal. The truth is, bleeding gums are not normal. It’s a sure sign of gum disease. The good news is, gum disease can be reversed, and you can enjoy a healthy smile once again.
Your periodontist can help. Dr. Joseph Yang at San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA, offers a full range of gum and periodontal therapy solutions to give you back your healthy smile.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria contained in the plaque that clings to your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that destroy the health of your mouth, producing inflammation and disease. The key to preventing and treating gum disease is to reduce the amount of bacterial plaque in your mouth. You do this by:
- Brushing your teeth after meals and before you go to bed; using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush gently in a circular motion, covering all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer the flushing action of a sonic or electric toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth at least once each day; make sure you wrap around each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps keep the floss firmly against the tooth surface, for better, more thorough cleaning.
Visit your dentist or periodontist at least once each year for a comprehensive examination of your gums and teeth. You should also visit your dental hygienist at least once every six months for a professional cleaning, or once every three to four months if you have periodontal disease.
Don’t let gum disease destroy your smile. Your periodontist can help get rid of gum disease so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. To find out more about gum disease symptoms, prevention, and treatment, call Dr. Joseph Yang at San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA. Call today and protect your smile!