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Most people don’t pay attention to their gums when caring for their smile. But gum disease (or periodontal disease) is one of the biggest factors in adult tooth loss, and while you shouldn’t ignore this condition, you may not even be aware that you have it unless you see your dentist regularly. While gum disease can be painless, you can be on the lookout for the following signs: swollen or red, tender gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath and receding gums.

So how does gum disease arise? Plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day on your teeth is the main culprit behind gum disease. This is exactly why you want to brush and floss every day to remove plaque and prevent it from hardening. Once plaque hardens, you will need to have it professionally removed by one of our dentists, Drs. Brenda, Gary, and Andy Walden.

Preventing periodontal degeneration can be as easy as detecting it early, and at this stage, it is usually reversible. This is why you don’t want to miss those scheduled dental visits. In the early stages, treatment includes stepping up your oral hygiene routine–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once–followed by a professional dental cleaning.

For more advanced gum disease, treatment depends on how far the degeneration has gone. For advanced gum disease, you may need additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to help overcome this condition.

A healthy smile develops from healthy teeth and gums. Care for your gums as you do your pearly whites, and they will support your smile for years to come. To schedule a visit with our team, please call 270.282.0909 today. At Family Dental Care in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Drs. Brenda, Gary, and Andy Walden are here to help you achieve your healthiest smile!