Some people have asked us if we can really tell whether or not they have been flossing their teeth as they should. Many times, the answer is yes because we can see the tell-tale signs of gum disease.

Now, you can certainly be treated for periodontal problems at our general dental practice. However, we would much rather help you avoid those problems entirely. Today, in honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, we want to share the symptoms of early and advanced gum infections. We also want you to know what you can do to reduce your risk of these issues.

For more information or to make an appointment at Martins Dental Partners, call our Beverly, MA office at 978-288-1946.

Watch The Signs

Before we begin, it’s important to remind you that healthy gums should look pink and feel firm to the touch.

Without getting too technical, there are two basic types of gum disease.

The early stage is called gingivitis. Its symptoms include gums that bleed when you brush or floss and gums that appear swollen or look redder than usual. If you get proactive about your treatment, you often can reverse the effects of gingivitis before it turns into something more serious.

If you don’t take steps to deal with gingivitis, it can lead to a more advanced condition called periodontitis. For what it’s worth, the Centers for Disease Control has reported that nearly half of Americans 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis.

When you have periodontitis, your gums can bleed more easily than they would when you have gingivitis. You will still experience redness and swelling of your gums, but you also may notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Gums that separate (recede) from your teeth
  • Visible pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sore gums
  • Teeth the move or feel loose

We also want to point out that many people never feel pain as a result of a gum infection. Unfortunately, this also is why many people don’t seek help for their periodontal problems until their smiles are already at risk. Our hope is that that you will seek treatment early if you know the signs of trouble.

Don’t Wait To Act

Prevention is the best way to approach your gum health. Doing things you already know that you should do — brushing and flossing daily and visiting Martins Dental Partners for routine cleanings — will do a lot to reduce your risk of gum disease.

If you do need gum disease treatment, our own Dr. Valerie Martins will be happy to provide expert care for you. Dr. Martins is a board-certified periodontist, which means she is an expert in what should be done to improve and maintain healthy gums. She can treat simple and advanced gum disease right here in our office in Beverly, MA.

If you want to keep your smile looking great, don’t ignore your gums. Today is the day to request your next dental exam. Contact us online or call 978-288-1946 to reach us.