Do you have puffy or swollen gums? Many people overlook the signs or risks of gum disease. The most commonly talked about form of gum disease is gingivitis, meaning “inflammation of the gums.” It seems that people often associate this definition with that of a rash. However, while a rash may heal on its own, gingivitis can often develop into a more serious form of gum disease. Here to discuss gum disease further are your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans.
Signs of Gum Disease
Symptoms of gum disease include the following:
- Swollen and tender gums
- Red gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
Risks of Gum Disease
If untreated, gum disease can lead to the damage of tooth-supporting tissues and ligaments. This damage can, in turn, lead to tooth loss. Infection can also spread throughout the mouth and body.
Preventing Gum Disease
A homecare regimen targeted at preventing gum disease is not all that different from a typical homecare regimen. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. When brushing, be sure that you angle the bristles of your toothbrush down toward the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Gum disease is often caused by the presence of plaque and tartar at the base of teeth. By keeping these areas clean, you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Limiting sugar can also be a helpful practice. Bacteria feast on sugar and produce an acid capable of wearing away your teeth’s defenses. Try a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Finally, attend regular dental visits with your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans.
Visit Your Reno Dentists
Regular dental visits can keep teeth free of bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar. If your last dental visit was more than six months ago, you are due for a checkup. Schedule an appointment with your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans. Contact our 89502 dentist office at 775-829-7700. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.