A healthy smile begins simply; the foundation is laid by maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Many patients tend to focus on their pearly whites as they are what stands out when you look into the mirror. But as one of the primary factors in adult tooth loss is gum disease, it’s a good idea to stay focused on both.
The primary cause of gum disease, or periodontal disease, the fact that it goes unnoticed. This is because it is often painless in the early stages so you may not even be aware you are experiencing it unless you keep up with regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Gum disease finds its roots with plaque–that sticky, bacterial film which forms every day in the mouth. To remove plaque, you must take time each day brushing and flossing your teeth and around the gumline. This daily removal process prevents plaque from hardening into tartar, which is crucial, because once plaque hardens, it requires professional removal by Dr. Amanda Rhoades and our team.
Signs of Gum Disease:
- Swollen or red, tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
Treating periodontal disease is easy in the early stages and often reversible. Early periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. Once periodontitis advances, Dr. Amanda Rhoades may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.
As you can see, a healthy smile begins with healthy teeth and gums. Our goal is to help you reach your smile goals. We invite you to schedule your next visit with our team by calling 513-231-7474 today. At Eastern Hills Dental in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Amanda Rhoades and our dedicated staff are here for you!