If you are noticing the early signs of gum disease in your smile, don’t panic. Gum disease progresses gradually and is easily reversible when appropriately treated.
Unfortunately, there are many cases of gum disease in Garden City and across the whole world. Gum disease is both preventable and sometimes reversible, and our job at Lee J. Martin, DMD, LLC is to help you avoid gum disease when possible and reverse gum disease when it manages to creep in.
Early signs of gum disease include bad breath, inflamed gums, and bleeding when you brush and floss. Phase one of gum disease, also known as “gingivitis,” can be sneaky, and you may not even notice that you have it until our dental team professionally diagnoses you. Typically, the first thing we will do if we discover gum disease in your mouth is to schedule a deep cleaning with one of our dental hygienists. Luckily, a thorough dental cleaning is often enough to reduce your gum disease significantly.
Additionally, we will recommend that you change your at-home oral hygiene routine. You can easily prevent gum disease by being more diligent about brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. We will encourage you to spend a few extra minutes each day brushing hard-to-reach areas of your mouth like your back molars. We will also review proper flossing techniques with you and make sure you are taking the time to clean the area around each tooth.
By changing your oral hygiene habits, you can usually reverse your gum disease rather quickly. To make sure your gum disease does not come back, we will want to see you for all your regular six-month dental appointments. We will also want to see you for an initial follow-up dental appointment, where we will thoroughly examine your gum tissue.
If you’re living with gum disease in Garden City, GA, schedule a dental cleaning immediately so we can protect your smile and reverse the condition. Give us a call today at (912) 966-2102.