By David A Citek DDS
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

If you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life, know the signs of gum disease.

We are pretty sure that just about everyone would say that keeping a healthy smile is important to them. Of course, when you think about gum diseaseyour smile, do you often think about your gums? Probably not, right? People often think about how to keep teeth clean and white but often forget that gum health is also important, too. It might be time to visit our Houston, TX family dentist, Dr. David Citek, if you are experiencing any of these telltale signs of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums that are tender to the touch
  • Gums that easily bleed
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath

These symptoms could be a sign of gum disease or other serious dental problem so it’s always a good idea to visit our Houston dentist right away if any of these symptoms arise.

Why does gum disease happen?

Naturally, we have bacteria in our mouths and these bacteria are responsible for causing plaque to develop on teeth. Of course, brushing and flossing are two of the easiest and most effective ways to remove plaque from teeth; however, if someone doesn’t care for their smiles properly and plaque isn’t removed, plaque can harden into tartar, which you won’t be able to remove with your toothbrush. Only our Houston general dentist will be able to remove tartar with a professional cleaning.

Of course, if you don’t come in for routine cleanings you better believe that tartar will lead to inflammation of the gums, which in turn can lead to gum disease if you aren’t careful.

What are the risk factors?

Here are some risk factors that could increase your chances of developing gum disease:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic illnesses or medical treatments that compromise the immune system
  • Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. pregnancy; menopause)
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

Don’t let gum disease ruin your oral health. Remember that gum disease can be reversed in the early stages, so make sure you continue to see us every six months for cleanings and exams. If it’s time for your next visit, or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s time you called our Houston dental office to book your next appointment.

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