At The Mugford Center we prioritize the safety of our patients and employees. We have always taken extra precautions to provide our patients with a clean and sterile environment. In these times we make sure to go above and beyond what the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association, and the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners recommends. Our goal is to make everyone who comes into our office feel as comfortable as they possibly can.
Did you know that your gums are just as important to your oral health as your teeth? It’s true; your gums are also susceptible to the same issues that teeth are. The same bacteria that cause decay in teeth can also infect your gums and cause what is known as “gum disease” or periodontal disease. Fortunately, at we are serious about helping our patients prevent every oral malady. We know how to catch gum disease when it’s in the beginning stages and can help you reverse the symptoms altogether.
Early Stages: Gum Disease
It is critical to catch gum disease in the initial stages because once it has progressed into the more advanced stages, it will be with you for life. The best way to prevent gum disease is to stay on top of your oral health with brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It doesn’t hurt to rinse your mouth out with water after every meal to wash away food scraps and bacteria that builds up throughout the day.
The other critical step to preventing gum disease is to visit us for a checkup at least twice a year so that we can ensure gum disease isn’t setting in. Gum disease is interesting because it is not typically accompanied by pain or discomfort. Instead, your gums tend to appear red, swollen, and are easy to bleed. These symptoms can be easy to miss, particularly if you don’t keep up with regular oral hygiene.
Late Stages: Periodontal Disease
When gum disease progresses into the later stages, we are no longer able to cure it, only treat it. At this point, it is typically referred to as periodontal disease or periodontitis. Periodontitis is marked by red, swollen gums that have pulled away from the teeth, which allows food particles to buildup in the gap. The gums of a person with periodontitis are not in good shape. This can easily lead to soft tissue loss in the mouth, as well as bone loss in the jaw and eventually tooth loss.
Periodontitis is a serious oral malady that should be avoided at all costs. Late stage gum disease has been linked to serious medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Some of the most common warning signs the accompany gum disease are discussed above. Other signs that you may have or may be developing gum disease include:
Gums that bleed easily or freely
Gums that are swollen, red, or tender
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
Bad breath that will not go away
Teeth that are loose or are separating
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
A change in the way your dentures fit
If you find that you have any of the above symptoms call us today at (410) 260-0790 to schedule an appointment. We will take a look at your gums and build a treatment plan that is personalized to your specific needs.