One of the easiest ways, to care for your teeth is to brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for checkups. You keep your oral health in good shape, and avoid problems like cavities and gum disease. While cavities can be serious, if not taken care of promptly, gum disease can be a bigger issue since it can affect all your teeth, as well as your gums.
Gum disease may start out as gingivitis. Gingivitis, caused by bacteria already present in your mouth, affects the gum tissue and teeth. One of the hallmarks of gingivitis is chronic bad breath. You may continue to have bad breath even after brushing and flossing. Mouthwash may also fail to cover up your breath. Other symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Gums painful to the touch
- Bleeding gums
- Pain while chewing
Gingivitis is an early warning sign that your oral health needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Dr. Whitmore and his team will help to develop a plan to restore you to optimal health so that you can avoid more serious problems down the road. Symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Swollen and bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that move in your mouth, creating changes in your bite
It is important to address these symptoms to avoid losing teeth and damage to the bones in your mouth. Your oral health can directly affect your overall health by releasing bacteria into your bloodstream. We take a holistic approach to your oral health and dental hygiene is the bedrock of helping our patients avoid gum disease.
If you have developed any of these symptoms that may be related to gum disease, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.