Dentist in Kenosha, WI
Todd A. Armstrong D.D.S., S.C.
7910 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 694-7672
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By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
June 21, 2017
Category: Dentist
Tags: gum disease  

What your dentist in Kenosha wants you to knowgum disease

You may have gum disease and not even know it. You may notice slight bleeding when you brush and floss, but what’s the big deal? The truth is bleeding is an early sign of gum disease. There are other signs and symptoms of gum disease to look for too. Dr. Todd Armstrong in Kenosha, WI wants to share the facts about gum disease and what it can mean for you.

Gum disease is also called gingivitis, and it involves inflammation of your gum tissue. The inflammation is caused by toxins produced by millions of harmful bacteria in the plaque on your teeth. You may have gum disease if you notice:

  • Puffy, swollen gums
  • Red, irritated gums
  • Pain and bleeding during brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to act quickly. The good news is, gum disease is completely reversible if you:

  • Brush after meals and before bed
  • Floss every day
  • Visit your dentist every year for a dental exam and x-rays
  • Visit your hygienist every six months for a professional cleaning

The bad news is if you let gum disease go untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease, which involves destruction of both your gums and the supporting bone around your teeth. There is no cure for periodontal disease; it can only be managed. Once you have lost bone support around your teeth, the bone doesn’t come back. Periodontal disease often results in loose teeth or lost teeth!

If you have gum disease, professional cleanings every six months will help. If you have periodontal disease, you will need more frequent deep cleanings, usually every three to four months.

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to treating gum disease. Start on your own program of excellent oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. Early treatment of gum disease can keep your smile healthy and beautiful. For more information about gum disease prevention and treatment, call Dr. Armstrong in Kenosha, WI today!

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