Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, it is totally preventable. One of the best ways to prevent periodontal disease is by early detection. Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease, and knowing the symptoms to look for can end up saving our life one day.
- Bleeding, swollen, or tender gums
- Pain when chewing
- Deep pockets forming between teeth and gums
- Loose teeth or teeth that have shifted
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath that won’t go away
Most people don’t start showing symptoms of gum disease until their 30s or 40s, however younger people may develop gingivitis. Though gum disease is more prevalent in men, everyone should get routine dental check-ups twice a year to catch symptoms of gingivitis in the early stages.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by several different factors, including:
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Female hormonal changes
- Diabetes and other diseases
- Poor oral health
- And more
If you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our Raleigh dentist immediately. At Better Dentistry, we can guarantee same-day appointments for people who call before 9:00 am. Our team will do a dental exam to check you for signs of periodontal disease. We will treat you if needed and give you tips on how to prevent gingivitis and other mouth disease.