Did you know that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? Did you know that there is a correlation between gum disease and heart disease? This February, it’s Gum Disease Awareness Month and we’re shouting it from the rooftops at McNeely Family Dentistry. Our goal is to provide our patients with the tools and information they need for a lifetime of healthy gums. After all, the best way to reduce your risk for gum disease is to develop good oral hygiene habits.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Like many common dental ailments, gum disease is usually preventable! All it takes is good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to see one of our dentists at McNeely Family Dentistry. At home, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes each time. Be sure you’re using gentle pressure. Vigorous scrubbing can damage enamel and irritate gums! Additionally, you should floss once each day to remove any food residue that brushing can’t reach. Flossing is especially effective at removing trapped food that can irritate the gums.
If you’re a smoker or user of tobacco products, your gums may be especially susceptible to gum disease. Our team will work with you to develop an oral hygiene plan that provides your gums with the extra protection they need.
How Can I Spot Gum Disease?
The consequences of unchecked gum disease are severe, but luckily there are many warning signs along the way. While our team will carefully monitor the health of your gums during your regular cleanings and exams, it’s important that you know how to conduct your own exams at home. Early warning signs include redness, swelling, tenderness, and gums that bleed easily. If you notice any of these sudden changes, let our team know!
Early detection and quick treatment can often reverse the effects of gum disease. To learn more about how we treat gum disease or to schedule an appointment, call our Charlotte, NC office today!