When you begin learning about gum disease, you may start wondering how to identify it, if you’ll know it’s there, and how to figure out if it’s time to schedule a deep cleaning. The good news that it’s actually entirely possible to detect problems with your gums early enough to receive the periodontal care you need to prevent problems from becoming severe (and requiring long-term treatment). Ready for guidance, so your gums stay healthy? Here we go!
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
You may find that you look in the mirror one day to discover you’re faced with common symptoms of gum disease. If this happens, you will need to contact us right away. As you may have already assumed, a deep cleaning is in your future. Symptoms might include:
- Gums that look bright red or purple (they should be a soft pink)
- Gums that bleed
- Gum tissue that hurts when you chew, brush, or otherwise
- Puffy, inflamed gums
Disease Without Symptoms
It’s completely possible that gingivitis will begin to develop, that you won’t notice any signs, and that you require a deep cleaning. Unfortunately, if you don’t remain up-to-date with your dental checkups, we won’t be able to detect the early signs on your behalf. Instead of waiting for symptoms, keep up with preventive care for immediate treatment when necessary.
What To Do
You just need to keep two things in mind to ensure you receive a deep cleaning when you need it:
- Schedule a visit with us every six months for a checkup and a cleaning
- If you miss a dental visit, schedule one as soon as possible (if symptoms arise during this time, contact us ASAP)