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Gum Disease: What it is and How to Avoid it

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It is well known that taking the proper care of your teeth is key to oral health. But what about your gums? The truth is gum health is also vital in maintaining mouth health.

Many people experience gum pain, redness and bleeding because they are simply not flossing, as well as other factors. And gum disease can be a result of improper care. Read on for more on what gum disease is and how to avoid it.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is infection of tissues that hold the teeth in the proper place. Typically, gum disease is caused by insufficient brushing and flossing that encourage the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Gum disease can cause gums to be inflamed and sore, and even bleed. It can also make chewing difficult.

Risk factors for gum disease, other than lack of brushing and flossing, include smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes, as well as medications that lessen saliva in the mouth. Healthy gums should be light pink and should never be sore and they should wrap tight around teeth.

Signs of gum disease may include:

-Persistent bad breath
-Red, swollen gums
-Gums that are tender or that bleed
-Pain while eating
-Loose or sensitive teeth
-Receding gums

The best way to prevent gum disease is to stop it before it starts. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can go a long way in keeping up healthy gums, as does regular dental cleaning and exams. Further, eating nutritiously, drinking proper amounts of water and getting adequate sleep can help you maintain a healthy mouth and gums.

Dr. Milan examines his patients’ gum for gum disease and even early signs that a problem could crop up in the future. If you are diagnosed, he specializes in several treatments for gum disease, including tissue grafting and the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Your metro Detroit dentist

Dr. Milan is one of Michigan’s top cosmetic dentists and is known for his excellence in not only cosmetic dentistry, but also preventative, restorative and advanced dentistry. His patients appreciate his skill and compassion, as well as the fact that all of their dental needs can be met under one roof.

From professional teeth whitening to PST Gum Treatment to Invisalign and much more, Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry can help you get the best, healthiest smile of your life. Call us for your appointment.