Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Stop Gum Disease from Destroying Your Smile

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Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America. It begins with inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, and rapidly develops if left untreated. Although gum disease is common, it is a highly preventable disease when simple daily dental care habits are employed. If you want to continue to enjoy a beautiful smile and all the benefits that come with having teeth, learn exactly what to do and what not to do to keep gum disease from ravaging your smile. It only takes 12 minutes a day and two visits to the dentist each year to maintain the look, feel, and function of your pearly whites.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Periodontal disease begins with inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of the disease. It presents with red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can rapidly progress to full-blown gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis.

Is Periodontal Disease Preventable?

Periodontal disease will lead not only to tooth loss, but is a significant indicator of total body health—patients suffering from periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. You can prevent periodontal disease with proper daily dental care habits and routine visits to an affordable dentist. Brushing twice daily for a minimum of two minutes and flossing the entire mouth once daily can slash your risk of developing gum disease. Be certain to see your dentist twice per year for a deeper clean and advice on periodontal disease treatment.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Periodontitis?

  • Red, swollen, tender, puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushing
  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Chronic foul taste in the mouth
  • Development of new spaces between your teeth
  • Pus between and around teeth and gums
  • Teeth that are loose in the socket

When Should I Seek Periodontal Disease Treatment?

If your gums are not healthy, firm textured, and a pale shade of pink, there is reason for concern and you should see your dentist in Westland. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can be reversed if treated quickly and adequately. Brushing and flossing alone cannot treat or reverse gum disease—seek professional care. Allowing the disease to advance beyond basic inflammation can increase bacteria, infection, tooth decay, and eventually tooth loss. Once these conditions begin to set in, reversing the issue become more and more difficult. Seek help before the damage is irreversible. Your oral health is a team effort between you and your dentist.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

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