Here is some vital news for Mt. Vernon residents: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.
So, what warning signs should people be looking for?
1. Gums that bleed very easily
2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough – make sure you floss daily.
Regular check-ups with your dentist is another vital weapon in the fight against gum disease.
We are Drs. Geren & Mady of Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry. Our Alexandria practice also serves the Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Alexandria areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look!
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Contact us at 703-360-5881 and a member of our continuing education staff can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you might have about veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on July 25, 2013