Do yourself a favor and take a look in the mirror. Whether you look now or the next time you are near one, we want you to take a careful look at something specific. You need to take a close look at your gums.

Are your gum pink and firm? If they are, then your gums are likely healthy.

If your gums appear red and swollen, then there is a good chance they are infected. These are the early signs of periodontal disease.

Regardless of whether you want to maintain your gum health or treat a problem, you can visit either Davenport Dental Group in Laredo, TX for the sake of your oral health. Call us today at 956-242-6745 (Junction Drive) or 956-517-2695 (Winfield) to make an appointment.

Your Gums Matter If You Like Your Smile

Your gums are just as important to your oral health as your teeth. Unfortunately, many people don’t give their gums the attention they deserve.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing between your teeth and gums once per day. Yet, only 40 percent of respondents in a recent ADA survey said they floss daily. That means 6 in 10 people don’t floss every day. It’s also worth noting that 20 percent of the respondents say they never floss.

That could help explain why the most conservative estimates are that 70 percent of Americans will develop gum disease. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of American adults 30 and over will have advanced periodontal disease.

To add insult to injury, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. In the more advanced stages of gum infection, gum recession can expose the roots of your teeth and allow bacteria to attack the bone. These factors can leave your teeth feeling loose.

Treat Your Gums Right

Preventive care should be your first approach. It’s easier to maintain your healthy smile if you brush and floss daily and you get professional dental cleanings and exams on a regular basis.

Even so, statistically you, someone you care about, or both of you are likely to develop at least mild gum disease. If you notice the red, swollen gums we mentioned earlier or your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth, you should plan to visit us. We would much rather help you address this problem early than late.

As gum infections get worse, you may notice other problems. A bad taste in your mouth or constant bad breath is possible. Your gums may bleed more easily, and your teeth can feel like they are moving in their sockets. Soreness and tenderness are possible, too, but many people don’t feel pain as a result of a gum infection.

If you notice these symptoms, try to visit us as soon as you can. We offer advanced gum disease treatments that can get your oral health back on track.

Keep Smiling

Periodontal disease is not a problem we want anyone to have. To get help preventing or treating it, schedule an appointment at either Davenport Dental Group location. Call us at 956-242-6745 (Junction Drive) or 956-517-2695 (Winfield) or fill out our online form.