Can you believe it’s already September? At Superior Dental Health, we know that gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can be challenging to recognize. Many people don’t understand the warning signs, bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is underway to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we wanted to help do our part to spread the word!
Our doctors will tell you early recognition and action are the most essential steps to healthy gums, and ultimately a healthy body, too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:
- Gums that appear red or swollen
- Gums that feel tender
- Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
- Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
- Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position
If you happen to notice any of these signs with you or your child, please schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible. Our doctors and team can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease while showing you how to improve gum care in your or your child’s daily oral hygiene habits.