Looking after your gums not only benefits your oral health, but it is also important for your overall health. Your gums are vital for protecting your teeth and jawbone from infection. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults, but it can also lead to an increased risk of serious diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Dr. Steven T. Riesenberg is a dentist at Washington Family Dentist in Washington, NJ. He is dedicated to providing excellent dental care to all his patients and can stop the early signs of gum disease and treat it before it becomes a serious problem.
Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease
Washington dental patients may have early stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis if they notice the following signs and symptoms:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that are tender to the touch
- Bleeding gums
- Black or purple gums
- Receding gums
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent gingivitis, such as:
- Brush your teeth at least twice each day
- Floss at least once each day
- Avoid smoking
- Minimize the amount of sugar in your diet
- Have twice-a-year dental checkups
Practicing good oral hygiene will not only protect you from gingivitis, but it will also help to reduce your risk of diseases associated with gum diseases, such as blood clots and blocked arteries.
If you are already noticing signs of gum disease, you should talk to your dentist as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can allow gingivitis to develop into periodontal disease, which increases your risk of losing teeth.
If you live in or around Washington and you would like to find out more about gum disease, call Dr. Reisenberg at (908) 689-5129 to schedule an appointment.