• November 1, 2019

With Thanksgiving just weeks away, it’s time to reflect on things for which we are grateful.

We appreciate the many wonderful patients who return to our office regularly and for the new patients who have just started building relationships with our team at Brandon Family Dental. We are thankful to work with dental professionals who are dedicated to preventing and treating our patients and improving their smiles.

That includes treating gum disease as part of our preventive dentistry in Ortonville, MI. Since the day after Thanksgiving is National Flossing Day, we thought this would be a good time to remind you that healthy gums are essential for a healthy smile.

In addition to flossing as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, you should schedule regular checkups with us. Call 248-469-0218 to make your next appointment if you haven’t already.

Things To Know About Gum Disease

Based on conservative estimates, at least 7 in 10 people will develop gum disease during their lives. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of adults 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis (which is an advanced form of gum disease).

Gum infections are more common than most people realize, but this condition can be treated. Many factors can increase your risk of periodontal problems. Some are things you can control – brushing and flossing daily, avoiding tobacco products, and, for women, going through a time of hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, and menopause). Other factors are things that you cannot control but should be aware of, such as family history, getting older, and being male.

In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), you may notice that your gums appear red and swollen. Your gums also may bleed when you brush and floss. (Many times, this is an indication that you haven’t been flossing as often as you should.)

In the advanced stages of gum disease, you may notice one or more of the following:

  • Bleeding easily
  • Pimple-like bumps on your gums
  • A bad taste in your mouth or constant bad breath
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Loose teeth

If you notice the symptoms mentioned above, you should schedule a visit to our Ortonville office as soon as you can.

Prevention Is Your Best Option

As with most health issues, your best bet it preventing gum infections. Having a good and consistent oral care routine goes a long way. Brushing twice daily and flossing every day will go a long way toward removing harmful bacteria, plaque buildup, and small food particles.

Making professional dental cleanings and exams part of your routine matters, too. During your visits, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from your mouth. We’ll also have a chance to catch gum infections in the early stages. This is when treatment is simpler and more effective.

If we can’t stop gum disease, the next best thing is treating it as early as possible.

Maintain Your Smile

Let today’s post serve as a reminder that your gums are as important as your teeth if you want to keep your smile looking its best. Our team at Brandon Family Dental is here to support your efforts. Just call 248-469-0218 or contact us online to request an appointment.