Healthy gums are an important part of obtaining excellent oral health. Many patients neglect their gum health because they don’t understand the importance of their gums. Essentially, your gums are what are holding your teeth into place. When the gums are in poor health your teeth will suffer as well. There are steps patients can take to improve their gum health. When you neglect your gum health, it may lead to the development of gum disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that may be a result of poor oral hygiene and other factors. When plaque and tartar are not properly removed, they can reach your gum line, causing an infection in your gums. Patients with gum disease may notice signs like bleeding gums, swollen or tender gums, halitosis, and shifting teeth. In advanced cases of gum disease, patients may lose teeth due to poor gum health.
The goal is to prevent the development of gum disease or catch gum disease in the earliest stage. Catching gum disease early can allow patients to receive noninvasive, effective treatment. The longer gum disease goes undiagnosed; the more likely patients will need advanced restorative treatment like gum surgery or tooth replacement.
If you notice any signs of gum disease, we suggest you schedule an appointment at Beach Cities Dental Group in Oxnard, CA. Dr. Georgia Haddad offers comprehensive, advanced dental care for patients dealing with a wide range of dental concerns. For patients with gum disease, Dr. Haddad can create a treatment plan that can effectively treat your smile. Dr. Haddad works closely with each patient to deliver the dental care they need to improve their oral health. If you need to schedule an appointment, call our Oxnard dental office or schedule an appointment online.
Tips For Improving Gum Health
- Floss! Flossing is a great way to remove bacteria and debris that hides between the teeth. When bacteria and debris are not properly removed, it can make its way to the gum line which can affect the health of your gums. Find a flossing solution that works for your needs.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Brushing is an excellent way to keep your breath fresh and your teeth healthy.
- Schedule annual visit to your dentist. Dr. Haddad suggests patients visit our Oxnard dental office twice a year for routine screenings and preventive care exams. Dr. Haddad will carefully examine your teeth and gums to check for any signs of decay, disease or dysfunction. If a dental problem is found during your exam, Dr. Haddad can create a personalized treatment plan to improve your oral health.