The key to treating gum disease is preventing it! During your regular visits to Thornley Dental, our dentist and team will check for signs of periodontal disease and review your home care routine with you to help you find the best ways to prevent gum disease and other problems from developing. If you have any questions about preventing gum disease in Logan, Utah, or if you want to set up an appointment with Dr. Mark Thornley, call us today at 435-752-9662.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an oral condition that begins as a bacterial infection in your gum tissues. If allowed to progress, it can destroy your gums and supporting bone structure. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice each day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist at least twice each year for a routine dental cleaning and exam.
There are also factors that may increase your risk of gum disease, including:
- Smoking or using other tobacco products
- Poor oral hygiene
- Systemic health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc.)
- A family history of gum disease
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Changes in the fit of oral appliances or your bite
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between your gums and teeth
We strongly encourage you to continue to practice good oral hygiene at home and visit Dr. Thornley regularly. At each visit, we will check your mouth for gum disease and make recommendations for ways that you can keep your mouth healthy.
For more information on preventing gum disease and to set up your appointment, give us a call today.