February is full of chocolate, roses, and love, but did you know that February is also Gum Disease Awareness month? This month of sweet treats and Valentine’s Day parties is the perfect time to talk about how to prevent gum disease or what to do if you are at risk! Gum disease is a progressive condition caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth below the gum line. The first stage of gingivitis begins with tender, swollen, or bleeding gums in Gainesville, FL. Without routine periodontal appointments, gum disease symptoms can be overlooked and can lead to more serious issues, including chronic bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Gum disease has even been linked to serious systemic complications, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers!
How do you know if you are at risk for gum disease? Take our quiz to find out!
If you answered “Yes” to even a few of these questions, you may be at an increased risk for gum disease. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible with a deep cleaning and the maintenance of proper at-home and professional oral care. If you have been noticing bleeding gums in Gainesville, FL, a visit to our office can help us catch gum disease when it can be easily treated.
As the only team in north central Florida that includes a prosthodontist and periodontist, Drs. Justin Craighead and Ada Parra are uniquely equipped to bring you experienced care that can restore full function and striking beauty back to your smile. No matter which stage of gum disease you are in, or if you simply are overdue for a comprehensive periodontal exam, Premier Dental Team can provide the specialized care you need. Schedule an appointment by calling our office today!