At Double Take Dental in Orem, Utah, we seek to help our patients create and maintain healthy smiles. This begins, of course, with healthy teeth and gums at the foundation. This is even more clear as you discover that gum disease is one of the primary factors in adult tooth loss.
Unfortunately, since gum disease is often painless, it can go unnoticed unless you are keeping up with regular dental cleanings. These routine cleanings remove hardened plaque, the sticky, bacterial film which accumulates every day on your teeth. To remove plaque, you will need to brush and floss daily around your teeth and gumline. This daily removal is important because it helps prevent plaque from hardening into tartar. Once plaque turns into tartar, it will require removal by one of our dentists, Dr. Andrew Atwood, Dr. Michael Atwood, and Dr. Cameron Black. So what should you be looking for when it comes to 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 pristine condition, you will want to make your teeth and gums a daily priority. Please call 801-225-1002 if you would like to schedule your next cleaning and checkup. At Double Take Dental in Orem, Utah, Dr. Andrew Atwood, Dr. Michael Atwood, and Dr. Cameron Black are here to help your smile thrive!