Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, the good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.
Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.
- Gums that bleed often
- Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
- A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
- Receding gums
- A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.
No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we encourage regular checkups.
If you notice the above symptoms, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix right away. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for gum disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as a wide range of general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today.
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