The older you are, the more at risk you are of coming down with gum disease. But even among young and middle-age adults, gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss. Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL reminds you that an ounce of prevention of worth a pound of cure. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office can dramatically reduce your chances of getting gum disease.
Warning signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed often
- Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
- Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
- Gums that are loosening from the teeth
- A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
The main cause of gum disease is plaque, so taking good care of your teeth is essential. By itself, brushing is not enough. Make sure you floss every day, too. Brushing and flossing twice a day is better. Use a soft bristle brush, and take at least two minutes brushing, making sure to get along the gum line and in hard-to-reach areas.
At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we promote good oral health, including cleanings and checkups in our office. Together, they go a long way toward protecting you and your loved ones from gum disease, tooth decay or loss, and other serious dental issues. We practice general and cosmetic dentistry, including procedures like teeth whitening. We also serve patients in Hartselle. Schedule an appointment with us today!