How to treat and prevent gum disease

Swollen or bleeding gums are usually the first signs of gum disease. Gum disease, also known are periodontitis or periodontal disease, is an infection that requires appropriate treatment as soon as possible. This infection can be avoided altogether with proper oral hygiene habits and routine visits to the dentist. At All About Smiles Dentistry in Forked River, New Jersey, Drs. LouAnn Van Liew and Deborah Hoover are here to help patients learn about the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

Your gums should be firm and pale pink around the teeth. If they are not, and you are experiencing swollen, red gums that bleed, you may have the first stages of periodontal disease called gingivitis. Signs of periodontal disease include:

• Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing

• Red, swollen and inflamed gum tissue

• Persistent bad breath

• Tender gum tissues

• Pus between the gum tissue and teeth

• Loose or lost teeth

• Changes in bite alignment

• Painful chewing and biting

If any of these symptoms are seen, patients must call their dentist right away to learn how to treat gum disease and bring the smile back to health.

Can gum disease be cured?

Unfortunately, no. That is why patients need to learn how to treat gum disease as soon as it is diagnosed.

How to prevent gum disease

There are several recommendations regarding the steps needed to prevent gum disease:

• Brush the teeth after every meal and snack

• Floss at least once a day, preferably before bed

• Visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation

• Call the dentist as soon as changes occur within the smile for further evaluation

Learn more about caring for the smile to prevent or treat gum disease

If you require more information regarding periodontitis treatment or periodontal therapy, our team of professionals can assist. Contact All About Smiles Dentistry in Forked River, NJ, to discuss your unique situation. We are located at 710 Lacey Road, and accept new and current patients who call (609) 891-3637 for an appointment.