Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease is a scary prospect because of how much it can affect our overall health and dental health. The good news is that treatment and preventing mild mild gum disease, known as gingivitis, is pretty straightforward. First and foremost, maintaining ongoing dental cleanings is essential to limit the amount of bacteria can develop in the mouth. Long-term preventative care starts with consistent oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily are your next line of defense. Without doing the daily work, you can’t expect long-term positive results.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, do a brief self-exam in front of a mirror. While a lot of gum disease symptoms don’t become prevalent until the advanced stages, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, there are several noticeable warning signs. Finding any of these should result in you working with a dental professional to learn more.

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or separated teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

Southern Arizona Periodontics is Tucson’s perodontal and implant specialists. We’ve been proudly serving the local community for decades. We provide highly specialized services specifically to help our patients keep their natural teeth. When it becomes necessary for any kind of replacement, we work with our patients to develop solutions that look and feel as close to natural teeth as possible. If you would like to learn more, please get in touch with our professional staff today. We can set up an appointment and answer any questions you might have.