At Shoals Smile by Design in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, we seek to help our patients create and maintain healthy smiles. This begins, of course, with healthy teeth and gums at the foundation. Although most people generally only notice their teeth when looking in the mirror, the gums are just as vital to a healthy, attractive smile.
Especially since one of the primary factors in adult tooth loss is gum disease also known as periodontal disease. Unfortunately, since gum disease is often painless, it can go unnoticed unless you are keeping up with regular dental checkups and cleanings. Regular professional dental cleanings remove hardened plaque, the sticky, bacterial film which accumulates every day on your teeth.
To remove plaque you must brush and floss around your teeth and gumline. This daily removal process helps prevent plaque from hardening into tartar. Once plaque turns into tartar, it will require professional removal by Dr. Jamine Rogers. What can you look for when taking care of your gums?
Signs of Gum Disease:
- Swollen or red, tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
Thankfully, treating periodontal disease is easy in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. However, if you have advanced gum disease, treatment may involve additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.
To keep your smile in tip-top condition, make your teeth and gums a daily priority. To help you reach your smile goals, you can schedule your next dental cleaning by calling 256-314-0676 today. At Shoals Smile by Design in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Dr. Jamine Rogers and our team are here to help your smile thrive!