Your gums are the foundation of your teeth and smile. Having healthy gums not only contributes to better oral health, but also overall health. Gum disease should be taken very seriously and if you are having recurring problems with your gums, it is important to consult a dentist as soon as possible.
The Silent Disease
Gum disease is usually painless, which means many people don’t feel that it is necessary to make a dental appointment for gum issues. However, if left untreated, gum disease can cause serious harm to your health. Not only does gum disease lead to loss of teeth, but the bacteria that cause it have been implicated in heart disease and stroke.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease begins once plaque starts to build up along and under the gum line. Plaque is sticky and filled with bacteria, which can cause infections that lead to gum diseases or tooth decay. The earliest stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. Gingivitis has many common symptoms such as:
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Gums that are tender
- Gums that are prone to bleeding
Fortunately, if caught during this stage, the damage is often reversible.
How to Have Healthy Gums
Whether you are having gum issues or want to prevent them, the first step to healthy gums is keeping regular appointments with your dentist. Other ways you can stay on top of your gum health include:
- Regular dental cleanings
- Quit smoking
- Brushing twice a day
- Using a fluoride toothpaste
- Using a plaque-targeting or gingivitis mouthwash
Why Pace Dental?
At Pace Dental, we believe in supporting your dental health goals while offering you exceptional care. In a safe, comforting environment with caring staff, you can relax and maybe even start to enjoy visiting the dentist! If you are having gum sensitivity or other issues, call us at (703) 938-6800 to schedule an appointment today.