By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
June 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Your periodontist in Flint, MI, can help if you have gum disease.

Are your gums red, swollen, and painful? Do they bleed when you brush your teeth? If so, you could be looking at the early signs of gum disease. Fortunately, the effects of gum disease can be reversed if you practice excellent oral hygiene habits.

Dr. Frank Gordon, your periodontist, and endodontist in Flint, MI, offers comprehensive periodontal care, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease.

Normal, healthy gum tissue looks firm and pink; it also doesn’t bleed when you brush. The early signs and symptoms of gum disease are easy to spot if you know what to look for. Gum disease can cause:

  • Red, irritated, bleeding gum tissue
  • Swollen, puffy gum tissue
  • Gum tissue that appears blunted

So, what causes gum disease? It’s caused by plaque, the white sticky substance clinging to your teeth. Plaque contains millions of bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins cause inflammation and infection. The inflammation and infection can destroy the health of your gums, the ligaments and fibers that support your teeth, and the bone that supports your teeth.

So, what can you do about it? Fortunately, by practicing a program of excellent oral hygiene, you can completely reverse the effects of early gum disease. You need to:

  • Brush your teeth after each meal, and before you go to sleep
  • Floss your teeth every day at least once
  • Visit your dentist for a yearly dental exam, including x-rays
  • Visit your dental hygienist at least every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning.

Your dental care professionals are committing to helping you prevent gum disease, so you can enjoy a healthy smile for life. To learn more about the early signs of gum disease and gum disease treatment, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Gordon, in Flint, MI, at (810) 230-0990 today!

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