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Knowing the Early Signs of Gum Disease

Premier Dental Group of Wellesley in Wellesley, MA, helps patients fight gum disease. We encourage you to keep up with regular dental appointments twice a year to prevent gum disease because you can develop gum disease without ever having glaring symptoms. Regular cleanings and exams and a brushing and flossing routine at home are your best defense against gum disease.

Gum disease can lead to all kinds of dental problems including tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is sticky bacteria left behind on the surfaces of teeth and when it hardens, it's called tartar. The toxins in plaque irritate and inflame the gums, and they pull away from the teeth. Deep pockets of bacteria form in the gums and left untreated, this can cause loose teeth and even tooth loss!

A good brushing and flossing routine is essential for removing plaque before it becomes tartar and causes gum disease. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day can keep plaque from building up and keep your gums healthy.

During your brushing and flossing routine, look out for these signs of gum disease and call your Wellesley, MA, dentist if you notice:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums bleeding when brushing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Puss in between the gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth

Call your dentist if you notice any of the above symptoms and continue to brush and floss. If you do have gum disease, we can help with scaling and root planing procedure. Scaling is a detailed cleaning of the tooth's surface below the gum line. Plaque and tartar are completely scraped away. Root planing is the filing and shaping of the surfaces of the teeth. This allows the gums to heal properly around the teeth.

If you are concerned about gum disease, contact Premier Dental Group of Wellesley in Wellesley, MA, at (781) 237-3031. Schedule regular cleanings and exams to prevent tooth decay and gum disease!

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