When you think of your smile, do you immediately think of your teeth? Pearly whites are generally what people fixate on, when trying to achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. Yet the gums are just as important to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Sadly, many people ignore potential warning signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, allowing this condition to progress to the point of requiring more extensive restorative treatment. If you want to protect your whole smile, it’s important to give your gums the preventive care they need.
What Are the Warnings of Gum Trouble?
There are actually several indicators that your gums could be at risk of gum disease, or even currently struggling with gingivitis. Bleeding gums are one common issue. Many people notice bleeding during flossing, and may even be tempted to blame the flossing, itself. However, if the gums are bleeding it is likely due to irritation caused by bacteria buildup.
Gums that are dark red or purple in color, are also likely in need of dental treatment. That’s because healthy gum tissue should actually be light pink. If your gums appear inflamed or irritated, you could also need restorative treatment to improve the smile. Even chronic bad breath can be evidence of bacteria buildup.
How Can a Dentist Help Restore Your Smile?
When the gums are in need of restorative treatment, a dentist can generally help to restore the smile’s health either through a general dental cleaning or in many cases a deeper, periodontal cleaning. This involves breaking up plaque bacteria to clean the teeth, and also to remove irritants of the gum tissue.
Are Your Gums or Teeth In Need of Professional Care?
If you are in need of restorative treatment, it’s important to see the dentist as quickly as possible. You can do just that by calling Pacific Hills Dental at (402)330-2243 today, to schedule your next appointment.