Common Signs of Gum Disease

Your dentist in Raleigh, NC, can help if you have gum disease.

To have a beautiful smile, you need more than just beautiful teeth. You need beautiful gums too! When you have gum disease, your gums aren’t beautiful. They don’t look healthy and pink the way they should. The good news is, you can reverse gum disease, but you have to recognize it first.

Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, NC, offers a wide range of dental services to keep your smile healthy, including treatment of gum disease.

How can you recognize gum disease? 

You probably have gum disease if you:

  • Have gums that are swollen and puffy
  • Have gums that are red and bleed when you brush, floss, or eat
  • Experience gum pain when you eat, brush, or floss
  • Experience frequent bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

You get gum disease from a buildup of bacteria contained in the plaque on your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that infect your gum tissue, leaving it red, swollen, painful, and bleeding.

The key to reversing gum disease is establishing an excellent program of oral hygiene, after you eat, and before you go to bed. Remember to:

  • Brush your teeth gently in a circular motion using a soft-bristled toothbrush over all of the surfaces of your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day because brushing doesn’t clean in between your teeth. You should wrap the floss around the widest part of each tooth as you floss.

Visit Dr. Lloyd at least every 6 to 12 months for a dental exam, including x-rays and professional cleaning. Your experienced Raleigh dentist can help you win the fight against gum disease.

To find out more about the prevention and treatment of gum disease and other dental concerns, call Dr. Lloyd in Raleigh, NC, at (919) 828-1001 today!

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