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Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS
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How to Spot Signs of Gum Disease and Ways to Prevent It

March 28, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS
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Gum disease is a serious condition that affects the tissues that support teeth. Without treatment, gum disease can cause tooth loss and may even lead to systemic health involving the heart. Other complications linked to this condition include:

  • Low birth weight in babies
  • Stroke
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Your dentist in Amherst, NH offers comprehensive preventive treatments to prevent gum disease and services to restore you to better oral health and lower your risks for wellness complications.

However, between preventive treatments—typically twice-yearly—it’s important to recognize gum disease symptoms and alert your dentist to any oral health changes.

Gum Disease Symptoms

While only your dentist can diagnose gum disease, you can be on the lookout for the symptoms between dental visits.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Receding gums or an elongated appearance to teeth
  • Bad breath that does not improve with brushing and flossing
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Periodic toothaches
  • Red or swollen gums

You do not have to have all of these symptoms to be in the early stages of gum disease—called gingivitis—to be diagnosed, which is why regular checkups and teeth cleanings are so crucial.

In the gingivitis stage, your dentist can reverse the condition, but the disease is merely treatable if it escalates to periodontitis.

Prevention and Treatment for Gum Disease in Amherst, NH

Prevention calls for twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings. Your dental exam allows your dentist to diagnose you in the reversible gingivitis stage. Your teeth cleaning lowers your risks by eliminating tartar, plaque, and bacteria.

Treatments of gingivitis and gum disease may include customized at-home brushing and flossing sessions, special mouth rinses, and a deep clean (below the gumline) schedule in our dental office.

Prevent Periodontal Disease with Your Amherst Dentist

If you have not been to the dentist in a while, or if it’s time for your checkup and teeth cleaning, contact a member of our friendly staff.

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