At Spink Dentistry, we believe that healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile.
Gum disease remains one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup that develops on the teeth and gums. Once plaque reaches the gum line, it can cause an infection of the gums that can lead to inflammation and other complex dental issues. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Most patients with Gingivitis don’t even realize they have gingivitis until they visit their dentist. Patients with gingivitis may experience minor symptoms like bleeding, red, or swollen gums.
When gingivitis progresses, it can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease. During periodontitis, the connective tissue, gums, and bone structure begin to break down. Over time, the teeth may begin to shift and may eventually lead to tooth loss.
Common Signs of Gum Disease:
- bleeding gums
- sores in the mouth
- persistent bad breath
- loss or separating teeth
- swollen or tender gums
- receding gums
How To Improve Your Gum Health
Improving your gum health requires a few additional changes to your everyday routine. Try adopting these key oral health tips to improve your gum health.
- Brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth can remove plaque buildup, debris, and bacteria.
- Floss your teeth. Patients should be flossing at least once a day to remove plaque buildup and food particles from between the teeth.
- Schedule biannual preventive care exams. During preventive care exams, D.r PDink can examine the teeth, mouth, and gums for any signs of gum disease. If gum disease is detected, Dr. Spink can work with you to develop a treatment plan to eliminate infection from the gums and restore your oral health.
- Use mouthwash during your daily oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash helps remove plaque, debris, and bacteria that brushing and flossing did not remove.
Visit our Birmingham, AL Dental Office
Practicing healthy ways to improve your gum like can reduce your risk of developing gum disease. At Spink Dentistry, Dr. Bruce Spink and our dental care team can work with you to improve your oral health. We offer a wide range of general and periodontal therapy service to address various stages of gum disease. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of gum disease, visit Spink Dentistry in Birmingham, AL. To schedule an appointment, call 205.235.5043 or schedule an appointment online.