When patients first notice signs of gum disease, they often ignore the symptoms. However, not addressing the early stages can allow gum disease to become a dangerous periodontal infection that results in dangerous oral health conditions. We offer a review of how to prevent gum disease and address its early stages before they damage your smile.
Symptoms of gum disease include many other seemingly unrelated oral health complications, including ongoing bad breath; bleeding, tenderness and swelling in the gums; loose teeth and loss of jawbone. Periodontal infection doesn’t go away on its own and needs to be treated during its less-invasive stages before it becomes worse.
You can take steps to prevent gum disease from developing, such as keeping your smile in good shape. Every day, you need to practice effective oral hygiene habits, including using a fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth, flossing every day, eating healthy and low-sugar foods and quitting the use of tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
If you need to receive professional gum disease treatment, this will depend on the severity of your condition. Early gum disease may be treatable with restorative services such as scaling and root planing, root canal therapy and quality dental crowns.
Our dentists, Drs. Olson and Morgan, and team would be happy to see you at Pipestone Dental Center if you need to speak with us about gum disease in Pipestone, Minnesota. Give us a call at 507-825-5403 today!