Your gums are central to good oral health. Get checked for gum disease today.
When you think about your teeth, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about your “pearly whites” and not your gums. For that reason, it’s not surprising to any dentist that many patients could use some work when it comes to their gums.
Your gums are important for the way they feed, support, and protect your teeth. Without them, your teeth would fall out. Think of them as the foundation of your home. For this reason, periodontal exams are very important as a major aspect of your oral health. With them your dentist can detect the early warning signs of the gum diseases gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gum examinations can also help your dentist diagnose and suggest treatments for conditions like receding gums, sensitivity, tooth grinding, exposed roots, and other potential issues.
Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease and is often accompanied by swollen or inflamed gums that often bleed very easily when brushing or flossing. If you suspect you might have gingivitis, your dentist will often recommend X-rays, which can be used to identify how deeply the inflammation has spread. Gum disease (periodontitis) occurs when gingivitis remains untreated. This is why periodontal exams are incredibly important for your teeth.
Do you have questions or concerns about your gums? Are you experiencing sensitivity, bleeding, or swelling? Schedule an appointment today so we can help!