Identifying the Early Signs of Gum Disease

How your dentist in Wilsonville, OR, can help keep your smile healthy

Your smile isn’t just about your teeth. A beautiful smile is also about the health of your gums. If you have red, irritated gums, it becomes awkward and noticeable to others.

The truth is, red, irritated gums can be an early sign of gum disease. Dr. Yan Morrissey at Village Dental of Wilsonville, offers comprehensive dental care services, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease.

Gum disease can start out slowly, with signs and symptoms that you barely notice. You should be on the lookout for these early signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Puffy, swollen, or red gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss
  • Painful, irritated, or inflamed gums
  • Blunted gum tissue, with loss of normal tissue contours
  • Frequent bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

Fortunately, gum disease and its effects can be completely reversed if you begin practicing an excellent program of oral hygiene immediately. You need to:

Brush your teeth after you eat and before you go to bed. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion. Make sure you clean all tooth surfaces and along the gumline. Did you know that you should also brush your tongue? It's an area that is prone to collect bacteria.

Floss every day at least once. You can use waxed or unwaxed floss, whichever you prefer. Make sure the floss stays firmly against the tooth surface as you floss in between your teeth.

Visit your Wilsonville, OR, dentist frequently. When your dentist and dental hygienist can perform regular dental examinations and dental cleanings, it helps to keep you on the right track toward maintaining a healthy smile.

To find out more about how your dentist can treat gum disease, and other preventive dental care services, call Dr. Morrissey of Village Dental of Wilsonville, in Wilsonville, OR, at (503) 582-8255 today!

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