Did you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, the good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.
Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.
- Gums that bleed often
- Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
- A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
- Receding gums
- A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.
No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we encourage regular checkups.
If you notice the above symptoms, call us at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo right away. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for complete family dentistry, as for their dream smiles! Call for an appointment today.
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