February is Gum Disease Awareness Month. In recognition of that, our team at Willes Dental wants to share some things that you should know about keeping your gums in good shape.
1. Brushing Isn’t Enough
We know that flossing isn’t popular or fun, but doing it daily should be part of your oral hygiene routine. Brushing is a great way to clean the exposed surfaces of your teeth. Yet, you still need to clean between your teeth and gum to remove food particles, harmful bacteria, and plaque.
2. Learn Signs of Periodontal Problems
Healthy gums are pink and firm to the touch. They also don’t bleed when you brush or floss. These are signs that you may have gum infection:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sore or tender gums
- Constant bad breath
- Pimple-like bumps on your gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
3. Don’t Wait to Get Treatment
If you notice the symptoms of gum infection, you should contact us right away to make an appointment. You can receive gum disease treatment right here.
Maybe more importantly, you should visit us regularly for preventive care, so you can avoid the more troublesome consequents of periodontal infections.
Schedule an appointment at Willes Dental by calling 760-576-2214 for our Encinitas, CA office or 760-477-0338 for our Escondido, CA location. You also can contact us online.